Feeds

Doohan's last landing party missing in mountains

Probably gone where no one has gone before

Build a business case: developing custom apps

The cremated remains of Star Trek actor James Doohan are missing in the New Mexico mountains along with those of another 200 people, including NASA astronaut Gordon Cooper.

They had been sent as part of a memorial package, in which relatives send small samples of their loved ones' ashes into sub-orbital space. The samples are then supposed to be recovered and returned to the families with memorial plaques detailing their final journey.

Things went well to begin with. After a perfect launch, the UP Aerospace SpaceLoft XL rocket that was carrying the ashes kept on a perfect trajectory. their trip into almost orbit was uneventful, and the parachute carrying the capsules deployed perfectly.

But the capsule landed in rocky terrain, and people searching the planned landing zone have come back empty handed.

One wag on Slashdot says: "Is it just me, or does it seem appropriate that they lost the landing party? Here's to a safe recovery!"

Another opine: "I guess the engines really couldn't take it."

According to reports, the payload was equipped with a tracking device, but the mountains are interfering with the signal. They have been able to locate it to within a 400 metre radius, but on rough ground finding it is proving difficult.

A new search is being planned for next week and will be joined by experts from the transmitter's manufacturers. They will bring plenty of mountain search experience, as well as more sensitive tracking equipment. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM
Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?
Our LOHAN spaceplane ballocket Kickstarter climbs through £8000
Through 25 per cent but more is needed: Get your UNIQUE rewards!
China building SUPERSONIC SUBMARINE that travels in a BUBBLE
Shanghai to San Fran in two hours would be a trick, though
LOHAN tunes into ultra long range radio
And verily, Vultures shall speak status unto distant receivers
SpaceX prototype rocket EXPLODES over Texas. 'Tricky' biz, says Elon Musk
No injuries or near injuries. Flight stayed in designated area
Galileo, Galileo! Galileo, Galileo! Galileo fit to go. Magnifico
I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me. But at least I can find my way with ESA GPS by 2017
EOS, Lockheed to track space junk from Oz
WA facility gets laser-eyes out of the fog
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.