This frozen quartet is, from left to right, radio man Steve Daniels, myself lovingly caressing the Vulture 1, telescope chap Alejandro Díaz, and John Oates.
Sadly, Alejandro can't make the launch tomorrow, since he has to work. I'd like to take the opportunity to thank him for all his enthusiasm and support, and to extend the same heartfelt ta very much to my pal José María Pita, who took the above pic.
Whatever happens, we couldn't have got this far without the tremendous support offered by the locals. ®
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Good luck! I would've loved to get pictures from the excised onboard camera, though...
And for those not versed in our beautiful Lengua Española, here's my unofficial translation of the local rag's article:
The Vulture I didn't fly.
The flight of the paper airplane that was supposed to launch this weekend from Peña Negra, was suspended due to strong wind gusts from the west that prevented the launch of the carrier balloon; however, this did not stop the christening of the plane which is to take photographic shots and video of the surroundings for an English enterprise. The event has been delayed until the next week.
No mention of any test flights - surely any model aeroplane needs to be test flown to trim the CG and aerodynamic surfaces? How do we know this thing is going to fly at all? On the other hand, looking at the photos, any test flight is probably *not* going to be a non-destructive test :-)