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Fans of our Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) mission will doubtless want to join us in raising a glass today to our Vulture 1 aircraft – now officially the holder of the record for the highest launch of a paper plane in the history of aviation. Our PARIS Guinness World Records certificate Yes indeed, PARIS has been …


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  1. Monkey Bob

    When I read the headline I just knew the article would involve at least one photo of people holding beer.


  2. Anonymous Coward


    As if I needed an excuse for beer on a Friday.

    1. AndrueC Silver badge
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      Re: congratulations.

      Damn. I've just got back from the pub and found this article. There's only one thing for it - go back and make a toast.

  3. DZ-Jay


    Felicitaciones, chicos!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      First time I heard that was when a neighbour said it to me on the birth of our first child. I was a bit puzzled as I translated it as "about time".

  4. Simon Round


    Congratulations. A beer will be downed later today in celebration.

  5. PikeyDawg

    Well done gents!

    ...and a happy Friday to all

  6. Adrian Jones
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    Makes one proud to be British, and a geek.

  7. Anonymous Coward
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    This was a triumph!


    1. Arrrggghh-otron

      Re: This was a triumph!

      It's hard to over state my satisfaction...

  8. John Griffiths
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    Well done!

    Congratulations to you and a massive can hoisted in your honour!

  9. Anonymous Coward
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    Congratulations Guys! It was great following the project, and this is acclaim indeed!! Will be raising a beer for you at about 3pm! :)

  10. IglooDude

    Bravo Zulu!

    The only disappointment was that the Guinness Book folk (any relation to the beer folk, one wonders?) stooped to using 'standard' distance units to detail the award, rather than the much more appropos brontosaurus or linguine units.

    1. Yet Another Commentard

      Re: Bravo Zulu!

      Not that Guinness is beer, it's stout, but yes it is related. Legend has it that years back people would argue in pubs about the "highest mountain" or "heaviest tumour" or other miscellanea. In the days before the internet-onna-phone and Wikipedia to mislead all the brewing giant decided to publish a book for landlords full of this sort of stuff.

      That book became the Guinness Book of Records.

      Norris and Ross McWhirter RIP.

      PS - good to see that in the photo you are both clearly not bowing to sponsor's pressure in drinking their product.

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  12. Sir Barry

    Absolutely smashing news chaps, next mission... the moon!


  13. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

    Well done chaps.

    Now you just need to concentrate on getting deeper in LOHAN.

    Guinness. Obviously.

  14. Reading Your E-mail


    So the guy who looks like Eddie Jordan is John

    1. Annihilator

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      Na, far too conservatively dressed and not being looked upon with thinly veiled contempt by David Coulthard..

      Although I submit Tito's thinner lookalike of Richard Osman off of Pointless..

  15. Pirate Dave Silver badge


    Great news for a Friday. Means I'll have one more in your honor tonight.

  16. Miek

    Beers all round!

  17. Anonymous Coward

    What's next?

    Fantastic, what's next? A space programme?

    1. A. Coatsworth

      Re: What's next?

      As far as I know, this IS the whole British space program!

      1. Yet Another Commentard

        Re: Re: What's next?

        It's funny because it's true.

      2. Munchausen's proxy

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        Not to mention the British carrier-based aviation wing.

  18. DrJaymansLoveCookie

    Congrats. ¡Muchas cervezas!

  19. Andrew Barr


    Now time to land it on the moon :)

  20. Anonymous Coward

    Wonderful and well deserved.

  21. multipharious


    Na Jungs, PROST!

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    But given it's just the altitude of the launch that's counted, it's only going to take 2 minutes for someone with a bit of A4 on the international space station to steal the record away!

  23. DragonKin37


    Ill have 2 Chimay Beers to your outstanding work. By the way i noticed a credit card commercial here in the states that show two guys pay for the part of their craft . Which in the final senes you see video footage from the craft as hit gets to about 50 miles up. Then the next gents find the craft stuck in a tree. It looked like Vulture 1...I said copycats or big fans of El Reg.

  24. Someone Else Silver badge


    Allow me to join my fellow commentards in raising a glass to the PARIS team!

    Can't wait for LOHAN. (Wait...that didn't come out quite right....)

  25. James Micallef Silver badge


    To celebrate with Guinness of course!

  26. Andus McCoatover

    Makes me scared... be a 'paper tiger'. I can't always land on my feet!

    Seriously, an acheivement.

  27. Anonymous Coward
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    Poor Playmonaut...

    A bloke in a Swedish lesbian enclave. You gotta feel for the poor guy, he doesn't have a chance (but there'll be lots to see).

  28. VeganVegan


    Onwards & upwards!

  29. Gary Bickford


    Sorry to be a stuffed shirt about this, but all along I've been of the opinion that PARIS, wonderful as it is and an accomplishment to be proud of, is a model airplane but not, IMHO, a 'paper airplane'. Paper airplanes are folded out of one, possibly two, pieces of paper - not constructed out of numerous frames and such like a real airplane. And glue is right out. A paperclip or two for balance, and tape in a few judiciously selected spots would be OK. And I would be generous enough to allow some extra tape to hold the electronics package in place.

    Back in my misspent youth, my brother and I built a real paper airplane about six feet long, made in the traditional way, and flew it off the top of a water tower. So it's certainly possible to build a real paper airplane in the size necessary to carry camera and transmitter etc. It would require some engineering studies, such as how to use folds to provide stiffness and dynamically stable flight.

    So, congrats, but I think there is still room for a record-breaking attempt with a real origami-style paper airplane. And I hope you folks take up this challenge for your next try! :D

  30. Martin Budden

    Hate to be a party pooper but...

    Didn't the Japanese release some paper planes into orbit from the ISS?

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

      Re: Hate to be a party pooper but...

      No. That was their cunning plan, but it never got off the ground, iirc.

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