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The Paper Aircraft Released Into Space team would like to apologise to those Reg readers who were hanging round their monitors on Tuesday expecting some form of PARIS launch activity. In the event, a series of technical problems forced a last-minute scrub. Most of these were minor glitches, but rather more seriously, the team' …


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  1. Roger Ruffley
    Paris Hilton

    Semana de pena??

    Is 'semana de pena' as rude as it sounds?

    Paris wants to know.

    1. Vincent Ballard


      "Semana de pena" means "week of sadness". However, what the article says is "esta semana de Peña Negra" - "this week from Black Rock".

  2. Will Godfrey Silver badge

    Good Luck PARIS

    That's all.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      all those who ride in her.... errrrr.... on her.... ummmm..... under her?

  3. Parax
    Paris Hilton

    Charity Fundraising Auction?

    So when does the bidding for Vulture 1 start?

    I'd spend £20 for PARIS to come over to my house...

  4. The Indomitable Gall

    ¡Qué viva el buitre!

    Mucha suerte para mañana.

  5. Winkypop Silver badge
    Paris Hilton

    Good luck.... all who, ahem, sail in her....

  6. jamieathom

    We understand

    > You'll understand then why we didn't have time to post a heads-up.

    Because you were so piss drunk you couldn't see, let alone type?

  7. simon 43

    Nothing ventured

    ...nothing gained!

    Technical glitches... too much brandy I think!

    Anyway - best of luck tomorrow, we're all waiting with bated breath!

  8. Jerry
    Black Helicopters

    Duct Tape?

    Some of the covering looks suspicioulsy like duct tape.

    Is this allowed under the rules? Or is duct tape officially recognised as a paper derivative?

    1. Sir Sham Cad

      Yes, Duct tape.

      But only on the main payload.

      Buitre 1 itself is tape free being only paper, epoxy and playmobil, as it should be.

  9. Evil Auditor Silver badge

    "the tremendous support offered by the locals"

    aka wine?

    1. Vincent Ballard

      Dealing with bureaucrats

      IIRC it was a friendly local who arranged permission from AENA for the flight.

  10. georgia_jim

    Godspeed Lester

    Hope all is well, awaiting results with breathless anticipation. By the way please identifiy the brave lad actually riding PARIS to her climax... I know its not the Stig, a bit to short for F1.

  11. Andus McCoatover
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    Utter Bollocks, Lester!!

    Problem isn't the wind.

    It's the simple fact your boss won't let you and your team spend any money on cheap plonk. i.e., you can't get wasted on company money any more ....You're fooling nobody!

    Seriously, good luck for tomorrow. It's a real shame the camera wimped out, that would've been epic footage. (Why not pop it in anyway, just in case?).

    I'll be on regular updates.

    -Cheers, I think it'll work. Nicely.

  12. The Beer Monster

    John Oates?

    Bloody hell. He's obviously had some work done. Was Daryl Hall the one who took the photo?

  13. /dev/null

    Test flights?

    No mention of any test flights - surely any model aeroplane needs to be test flown to trim the CG and aerodynamic surfaces? How do we know this thing is going to fly at all? On the other hand, looking at the photos, any test flight is probably *not* going to be a non-destructive test :-)

  14. John Gamble

    Good Luck All

    To those who can be present, and those who can't, thank you all for your work (and fun) and the pictures you've shared with us.

  15. DZ-Jay

    English Translation

    And for those not versed in our beautiful Lengua Española, here's my unofficial translation of the local rag's article:

    The Vulture I didn't fly.

    The flight of the paper airplane that was supposed to launch this weekend from Peña Negra, was suspended due to strong wind gusts from the west that prevented the launch of the carrier balloon; however, this did not stop the christening of the plane which is to take photographic shots and video of the surroundings for an English enterprise. The event has been delayed until the next week.


  16. Squits

    What time?

    Will the feed be live? What time will the launch be? more details!

  17. Daniel B.

    Buitre 1

    ¡Buena suerte!

    Good luck! I would've loved to get pictures from the excised onboard camera, though...

  18. Squits

    What time?

    Is the video feed live? What time will it be? more details!

  19. SmallYellowFuzzyDuck, how pweety!
    Thumb Up

    Go Paris!

    Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth

    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings

    Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth

    of sun-split clouds, and done a hundred things

    You have not dreamed of wheeled and soared and swung

    High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there

    I’ve chased the shouting wind along and flung

    My eager craft through footless halls of air.

    Up up the long delirious burning blue

    I’ve topped the wind swept heights with easy grace

    Where never lark nor even eagle flew

    And while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod

    The high untrespassed sanctity of space

    Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

    Good luck for the flight!

  20. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    Godspeed, Paris!!

    And tomorrow I hope to hear the (non-tabloid) story on how you were seen high as a kite on the Costa del Sol!!

    1. Vincent Ballard

      Hope not

      Leaving aside questions of how likely that is, if the glide ratio is that good then the camera's going to end up under a couple of hundred metres of Med. That would be a bit disappointing.

  21. Eddy Ito


    A right fine you've started. Here's to a successful venture, err, Vulture!

  22. Beanzy
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    I reckon you're milking PARIS

    perhaps the delay is a publicity ruse to build the tension to a climax.

    You probably got it from a planning manual called the 'Joy Of Techs' or something similar.

    Fingers crossed it's not a flop.

    Viva El Vuitre

  23. si blackmore


    good luck! hope you chucked it off a high building first to see if it flys! ps nice strides in the photo guy! Si B

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