PARIS gets her very own private enclave
No, not that Paris...
El Reg's Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) now has its very own section, nicely nestled in Science, the better for readers to follow the progress of our audacious upper atmosphere plane plan.
On 1 June, we're off to QinetiQ to test the aircraft release mechanism in their hypobaric chamber, so expect photos and/or small explosions in due course.
Before we head off to Farnborough, though, we're putting together the Vulture 1 radio tracking set-up, which uses the APRS system. Following the success of our main payload GPS tracker live test, we're planning something similar for the first week in June to give the Vulture 1 board a run for its money.
We'll post snaps of the kit and tech details of how the whole thing works before the day.
In the meantime, we've put together a basic mission summary for those of you who are new to PARIS, which you can get right here (pdf). ®
Additional PARIS resources
- New to PARIS? We have a basic mission summary here (pdf).
- Our Youtube channel - currently featuring a few camera tests.
Count me in, I would like to watch Ms.Paris uncork the bottle.
While on the subject aircrafts, I would like to know how big is the PARIS' cockpit ? Is it filled regularly ?
If possible "Better Engine Emission" planes should also be allowed to compete with PARIS in the event. I am not asking for a mud slinging fest, but it would be good to see BEE and PARIS taking off together, entwining their tails in mid-air.
I can see why this event would be a hit with us commentards.
Re: What no ?
Ah..But will it fly?
Oh No !!! - not the hypobaric chamber ! - There'll be mini black holes
and stuff and it will be the end of the world! ...... Oh .. er.. no... hang
on a minute - that's the LHC isn't it?
As you were.