PARIS laid bare in intimate snaps

Our space plane mission's bumper photo album

Having fired up the cameras and trackers, and thrown some chemical handwarmers into the main payload camera compartment, we sealed the lid:

The main payload box good to go

In case you're wondering what our Playmonaut was thinking at this point, he seemed happy enough:

The Vulture 1 mounted for the launch

It took about 40 minutes to fill the balloon...

Checking the balloon lift against the water bottle which point we could tie of the nozzle and attach the balloon to the 'chute and payload:

John ties off the balloon nozzle