So, PARIS has disappeared from the public eye?
One could only wish that Paris would do likewise.
The Register's Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) team have been left baffled following reports from our Spanish ground pursuit unit, which has now reached the site at which the main PARIS supra-atmospheric balloon launch podule plunged to Earth earlier today. It appears that the balloon module performed precisely as …
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Separation was successful, which was my major worry from the word go, but the electronics to go TU was not on my list.
Looking forward to the pictures from the launch platform.
Well done chaps, and here's to Vulture 2. My God bless her, and all who plummet in her!
I salute the missing pilot and raise a glass to him!
Also, congrats and whatnot to the designers. I'm so glad that a) the plane detached as planned and b) didn't fall vertically, but actually seems to have zoomed off somewhere.
Have you checked it's not defected to Russia in a reverse Firefox type gambit?
Hey, chin up Bilgepipe. If he's gone and bought the farm, he's gone and done it the way he wanted - in a blaze of glory*. A shame we don't know his name, for the plaque that is sure to be erected on the landing site.
* Obviously not literally, because he'd be quite easy to find.
Tim, the tracker for Vulture 1 (G6UIM-12 the one with a plane icon) is still showing the last location transmitted yesterday morning; it has not sent any updates today.
Has anyone on the PARIS away team owned up to forgetting to turn it on, perhaps? And is there any other way of finding it?
At least they had more sense than to go with a LEGLESS pilot. However, following this closely (in the interests of journalistic integrity, natch) and, in natural empathy, I drank a bottle at home of cheap red plonk.
Now, like the little plastic fella, I'm kinda hoping no-one finds me real soon...
Nice one, folks. Respect!!
Knowing you guys you'll probably start the search in every bar in central Spain, but I doubt that your plastic fantastic pilot is good enough to land Vulture 1 in a bar (waiting for you with a caña and a smile.)
Or maybe your plasmonaut was so good that he did the risk calculation, bailed out, cut ties on takeoff, and that gave him more time to meet up with his tias in the nearest bar.
at any rate: Buena suerte!
... Across the stratosphere, a final message: "Give my wife my love..."
Then nothing more.
Far beneath the ship, the world is mourning.
They don't realise he's alive.
No one understands, but Major Tom sees...
"Now the Light commands."
This is my home, I'm coming home...
"Too much wind, didn't go anywhere"
"Too pissed to operate the kit, so just chucked it in a forest while they had another bender"
"No playmobil model can be trained to fly a paper aircraft that fast"
"Flag didn't flutter" (what flag?)
Yeah. I'll read them tomorrow.
* Conspiracy Theorists - would you please use the "troll" icon. Ta muchly. Makes Sarah's work that much easier.
The whole PARIS program was nothing more than a sham to justify sending a few guys on The Reg staff on a free Spanish vacation. The video from the vehicle was shot on a sound stage (or maybe in a Reg staffer's closet)!! The gps transponder data was from a pigeon that the ground pursuit crew taped a gps to!!
This would explain how the "ground pursuit team" was stopping at every cantina in Central Spain while they were supposed to be chasing down PARIS.
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