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The Paper Aircraft Released Into Space team is this morning nursing the mother of all hangovers following yesterday's triumphant conclusion to our audacious space plane mission. For those of you looking for a once-in-a-lifetime moment, try recovering a paper aircraft which has flown from 60,000 feet to a gentle touchdown in …


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  1. Bruno Girin
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    Can't wait for the pictures!

  2. Anonymous Coward
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    More Photos!

  3. Anonymous Coward
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    Enhorabuena a todos...

    Espero que las resacas no esten *tan* malas...

    Excuse pidgin Spanecian - but well done, a great accomplishment...

    Looking forward to PARIS spreading her, er, wings, again...

    1. Vincent Ballard


      Si es verdad que celebraron con champán no deben de tener resaca.

      Although I hope, Lester, that when you said "champagne" you were abusing the term in the Spanish way and really mean cava.

  4. MrCheese

    Now that's some real engineer's talk

    "Jose Manuel deserves a special mention for his balloon-handling technique, which involved calmly smoking a cigar with his free hand while noting: "Well, it's not hydrogen, is it?""

    Awesome, just awesome :D I can't believe PARIS appears to have missed all obstacles on her descent, baffling!

    1. Slartybardfast

      Missing the trees

      Well of course despite all the electronics on board you could never replace the real pilot when it comes to tricky landings.

  5. Tim Bergel
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    Fantastic location for the launch

    what else can I say. Really looking forwards to more photos and the video.

    Are you going to try for launch #2 or will Vulture 1 now be retired?

  6. Anonymous Coward
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    Damn work firewalls rejecting Flickr

    more pics here please!

    +1 Internets to Jose Manuel for noting: "Well, it's not hydrogen, is it?"

  7. Woodgie
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    Top hole chaps

    I can't WAIT to see the footage.

    "Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth..." etc.

    A new Icon is in order, methinks.

  8. rpjs


    We've all seen the movies. What quarantine protections have you taken with your passenger sent to the edge of space?

    Keeping an eye on the media for reports of zombie Playmobil outbreaks in Spain.

  9. Hedley Phillips


    Fantastic achievement.

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    Uh oh!

    PARIS's flaps have jammed!

  11. simon 43


    Well done chaps!

    Last I saw yesterday was that she was lost somewhere over Spain - so this really is a welcome sight; PARIS lying a kimbo in the woods on the front page of El Reg!

    Congrats to all, and get the pics/vids up! We have a right to see them you know!

  12. Keith T
    Paris Hilton

    Congratulations gentlemen on a job well done !

    Let's have some ideas for the next impossible project?

    - Making an Adobe product secure for 3 months?

    - If that is too difficult, maybe sending a paper aircraft to Neptune.

    1. AlgernonFlowers4

      The Next Impossible Project?

      PARIS to Uranus?

  13. Ian Yates


    This better be better quality than the last video I saw of Paris.

    What? Not that Paris? Oh, nevermind...

  14. Captain TickTock


    A great time for good news. (Couldn't of timed it better if you'd planned it... or did you ;-)

    Beers all round

  15. DI_Wyman
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    Well done all!


  16. Ivor
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    Awesome! Is there any telemetry for the plane logged at all or did the gps just not function?

  17. ldeffenb


    Extensive preparation almost invalidated by customs delays, launch logistics in a foreign country, concerning lack of signals from the plane, and in the end, full recovery (at least, when the hangover clears). All in all a great day's fun!

    Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Watching for the next launch!

  18. Locky
    Paris Hilton

    Playmobile reconsturction

    Or it never happened....

  19. 88mm a.k.a. Minister for Misbehaviour
    Paris Hilton


    Hmm, Paris, Champagne, Balloons and cigars... sounds like my kind of gig :-D

    Paris 'cause she can smoke my cigar

  20. Alex C
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    Well done lads - worthy of an appearance on top gear I'd have said.

    Huge congratulations.

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      This beats Top Gear's recent cross country chases hands down!

      Would have been better if the chase car was a Lambo, I suppose...

  21. Ian Ferguson
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    Looking forward to pictures... and this time you won't even have to make Playmobil mockups!

  22. Anonymous Coward
    Black Helicopters

    OK...time to start the conspiracy theory

    MrCheese makes an interesting point that the craft seems to have avoided all obstacles. It looks to be in very good shape for its ordeal, and where it appears to have landed. That, and the absence of telemetry/location data during the "flight" does make me start to wonder if this happened at all.

    That "we've lost her", "we think we've picked up a signal", "got to her" thing was almost as per a movie script

    Looking forward to seeing some evidence

    1. Lester Haines (Written by Reg staff) Gold badge

      Re: OK...time to start the conspiracy theory

      Yes, we just loaded the plane in the van, went for a couple of beers and then planted it in the woods. En route, though, we came across a UFO crash site, killed all the locals who witnessed the prang, and then flew the remains of the intergalactic casualties to Area 51 on our black helicopter.

      We did, of course, have to spend two days faking the PARIS launch photos, as well as those of the plane construction, because neither of those ever happened.

      All we have to do now is rub the memories of the people who know the whole thing was a pathetic set-up aimed at getting page hits, and we're sorted.

      I don't exist either, actually, and I simply invented an imaginary PARIS project to feed an imaginary internet feedback loop of deception.

      1. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

        Re: Re: OK...time to start the conspiracy theory


        Does... does this mean... the payload really *was*... DRUGS?

      2. Slartybardfast


        I Knew It!

    2. Bill B
      Black Helicopters


      I agree. The photo is quite clearly staged to make it 'look' as if the happy rescuers have spied the aircraft and are running towards it. However, it's obvious that the cameraman has just put the plane on the ground and told them to walk away a bit and then run joyfully towards the camera.

      In addition its completely impossible for the aircraft to have come down in a thick pine forest without bouncing off some branches and sustaining more damage than a small hole. There is no trace of skid marks on the ground. The 'loss of telemetry' is suspicious (yeah right) and anyway the shadows are all wrong.

      It's plainly obvious that this is a fake and anyone who disagrees is an idiot and in the pay of the government. and probably a Thetan as well.

      Damn this tinfoil hat scratches

      1. Lester Haines (Written by Reg staff) Gold badge

        Re: Set-Up

        Getting those fake shadows right is a complete pain. NASA had an unlimited budget and they screwed it up, so give us a bit of leeway here...

      2. Anonymous Coward
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        There is no trace of skid marks....

        Seems like the only person would be our intrepid playmonaught to have skidmarks.

        No worries about the tinfoil, yo're "Cleared Theta Clear".

        Yours Sincerely, Tom (Thetan) Cruise.

  23. Cliff

    Congrats guys

    Seriously, I've really enjoyed the PARIS project, wonderful.

    Now do we get the LOHAN project next (crashes more, bumpier design, affinity for other planes)

    1. Sir Sham Cad

      Low Orbiting Hollow Airfix Nimrod

      Assuming liquid poly will survive the ascent and the enamel paint... NO. Leave the brilliantly mad stuff to El Reg.

      Congrats again to everyone involved.

      1. Mephistro
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        A suggestion:

        Instead of a plane, the LOHAN project could be a rocket.

        Ms. Lohan + several weeks in only-beans diet + ignition source = The cheapest rocket design EVER!!!

        You'd only have to add some structure to keep her upright, and a restraining system for her legs, so that when they are released they can act as aerobrakes.

        The scientific benefits of this project would be immense. The human mean IQ would raise several % points, and that has to be good for Science!

  24. The Jase


    I haven't see any inflight pictures yet. What does the footage reveal? What is El-Reg hiding from us? The truth is out there!!

  25. Mike Hunt 1
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    Paris Landing

    Well done - from what I have seen previously of photos of PARIS the I am suprised it got to the floor and didn't impale itself on the nearest upward pointing object !!!

  26. Anonymous Coward
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    Que viva el buitre!

    Can we get a couple closeups of Yolanda?

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      .. a couple of close ups of Lester

      1. Lester Haines (Written by Reg staff) Gold badge

        Re: And..

        Not until I go for my annual face peel, nip-and-tuck and botox. Details here:

    2. Lester Haines (Written by Reg staff) Gold badge

      Re: Que viva el buitre!

      She says no, unless you want to pop into the bar for a face-to-face.

      1. Anonymous Coward

        Re: Re: Que viva el buitre!

        "She says no, unless you want to pop into the bar for a face-to-face"

        That's a long trip for me! Oh well, "We'll always have PARIS"

  27. Tim #3

    Rather impressed

    by such a safe landing of all parts. For that plane to come down from about 12 miles up & land in that state unaided (except by the brave pilot) is a stark contrast to my brother's radio controlled ones descents from maybe 30 feet.

    The photos/vid of Paris's moment of release is as eagerly awaited as ever.

  28. Magnus_Pym

    charts of telemetry

    Just done a couple of quick charts to plot distance against elevation and time against elevation. Not great but a fun to keep us going until the real gen arrives.

  29. ian 22

    Que viva Espana cabrones!

    BTW, is Bar Tito also called Mission Control?

    Hoisting a glass of Old Rocket Fuel to your success!

    1. Lester Haines (Written by Reg staff) Gold badge

      Re: Que viva Espana cabrones!

      It is. Tito is the man, and also the supplier of all beery goodness. A tip of the hat to him and his equally enthusiastic countrymen for their support.

  30. Andus McCoatover

    I told you...

    ...the conspiracy merchants would pop out of the woodwork.

    I note they don't use their real name, unlike me*.

    AC didn't use the 'troll' icon as I suggested. I think "he's not the Messiah, he's just a very naughty boy"

    As an aside, I think QinetiQ and Blue Tree Travel Services (the sponsors, IIRC) would possibly have monitored this rather closely, as they seem to have stuck quite a bit of wedge , effort and time in this project - esp. QinetiQ.

    So, I think the Conspiratory crowd can sod off and stay there.

    (OK, I asked a previous manager of mine from a different company - now in - QinetiQ, if they had a hypobaric chamber loafing around, and why, at the time Lester and his motley crew were looking for one. He told me that they were quite short of folks at the moment, but maybe he chatted to a few colleagues about PARIS , and they decided to put a few extra hours their of spare time into it).

    *Oops....Well, at least I'm consistent.

  31. Anonymous Coward
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    Paris Nursing Mother ...

    You owe me a new keyboard - title rather caught my eye until I read the rest.

  32. ken459
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    This is the sort of thing that makes us all a little bit younger. Many thanks to all who have been involved. Looking forward to the rest of the pictures.

  33. Uncle Vanya

    If a paper plane falls in a forest...

    and there's nobody there to hear it, does it make a sound?

    The old conundrum remains unanswered, if slightly updated.

    1. Tim #3


      I don't know about that one, but I am pretty sure that Paris has been involved many times with the sound of one hand clapping

  34. Bracknellexile

    When I get old...

    I wonder how many of the trees in the landing zone saw Vulture One go past and thought, "That's what I want to be when I grow up!!"

  35. Trevor_Pott Gold badge

    Good job, those guys!

    Well deserved kudos and hurrah.

  36. SteveD
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    Plane landing site

    For those of you who want to see, the plane landing site is now showing on APRS as an object. Will sort the payload site tomorrow, I have had a long trip back home (12 hours)

    And for the person who thinks it's ok to pull personal messages from the APRS system and post them in the comments sections of the Reg, without asking if it was ok, it's not it's bloody rude. And as they were out of context misleading.

    1. Anonymous Coward


      Seems a bit harsh/tetchy complaining about privacy when you are using a system that broadcasts your comments worldwide to anyone with a radio or a PC. (licence not required)

      Looks like there was nothing misleading and nothing out of the PARIS context reposted.

      I think Ham's should think twice about their use of the internet it's not like the radio club (licence required). Unless you secure it, it's a big open (usually friendly) world.

  37. Captain DaFt
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    Great job!

    And Kudos for all involved!

    Now, just waiting for the pics from the balloon, and a postmortem of the planes gear.

    Frankly, I'm amazed that what amounts to a prototype craft performed as well as it did, and the pilot/playmonaut's a brave bugger for going up in a crate like that! (BTW, I never did catch his niame... )

  38. A Known Coward

    Video @ 25s and 52s - hole already in wing?

    In the release video at both 25s and 52s as the left wing briefly enters view there is a blemish/reflection off a point which appears to exactly coincide with the hole shown in the photograph. Could it be that the damage occurred during release as the plane banked sharply to the right bringing the left wing into contact with the underside (corner?) of the release mechanism box?

    So maybe the damaged was caused either before release or during release and not upon landing?

    Either that or they used the damaged plane to hastily fabricate the release footage ;)

  39. Tony Smith 1


    Awsome slomo

  40. Anonymous Coward
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    Test flight...

    Given the absence of a test flight, how about seeing if it is actually capable of flight or if it just dropped slowly?

    1. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge
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      Looking at the video

      it clearly did not drop, but glided neatly.


  41. Kurgan
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    From the video...

    From the release video, it seems that the plane can actually fly and not just fall.

  42. Linbox

    Erm .... guys?

    Not sure who lives in that nice looking house with a huge front garden on Dartmouth Road, Broadsands, near Paignton in Devon, but they should maybe think of turning the GPS tracker off...

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      That'll be radio man Steve.

      Carefull though, its rude to spy on people/repost the information.

      (even if they feel the need to tell the world)

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