Feeds

Live PARIS GPS tracker test tomorrow

Follow us online as we go walkabout

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Tomorrow, the El Reg Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) team will be conducting a live test of the the GPS tracking device which we hope will enable us to locate and recover our main payload, once it's floated gently to Earth.

PARIS: Sponsored by Peer 1The unit is an off-the-shelf tracker - Blue Tree Service's KoolTrax Lite - which we ran through its paces a couple of weeks back. This time, however, we're inviting readers to join us for a real-time, live test which should emulate pretty much how the thing will work when launch day arrives.

We're very much obliged to Blue Tree for providing us with the data feed which has enabled our very own tech ops to mash up a custom map plotting the tracker's progress.

Here's a screen grab of just how the map looked after a short test earlier today. We've restricted the data points to one every couple of minutes or so, since that's more than enough for a two-hour-plus flight:

Well, it just remains to fire up the map for your viewing pleasure and take the tracker for a spin. The live map features clickable data points giving the time of the plot, so it's pretty straightforward to interpret, as you'll see.

The test begins tomorrow at 2pm UK time, and the map will be made available through a new story we'll post at around 1pm. See you there. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less
'Some might find this idea offensive' boffin admits
Boffins who stare at goats: I do believe they’re SHRINKING
Alpine chamois being squashed by global warming
LOHAN crash lands on CNN
Overflies Die Welt en route to lively US news vid
Comet Siding Spring revealed as flying molehill
Hiding from this space pimple isn't going to do humanity's reputation any good
Experts brand LOHAN's squeaky-clean box
Phytosanitary treatment renders Vulture 2 crate fit for export
No sail: NASA spikes Sunjammer
'Solar sail' demonstrator project binned
Carry On Cosmonaut: Willful Child is a poor taste Star Trek parody
Cringeworthy, crude and crass jokes abound in Steven Erikson’s sci-fi debut
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.