Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/10/27/paris_launch_update/

PARIS launch tomorrow come hell or high water

Both likely, knowing our luck

By Lester Haines

Posted in SPB, 27th October 2010 12:55 GMT

The Paper Aircraft Released Into Space team would like to apologise to those Reg readers who were hanging round their monitors on Tuesday expecting some form of PARIS launch activity.

In the event, a series of technical problems forced a last-minute scrub. Most of these were minor glitches, but rather more seriously, the team's command vehicle once again decided it couldn't really be arsed with space plane launches and shut down its central electronic brain.

While were we sorely tempted to indulge in some percussive maintenance, we decided it would probably be better to call in the bloke with the diagnostic laptop.

You'll understand then why we didn't have time to post a heads-up.

We're now looking at a launch tomorrow - come hell or high water. Reg hack John Oates and radio man Steve Daniels have to jet back to the UK on Friday, so it's all or nothing.

While the weather's looking pretty plausible, any wind will make the launch a high-risk affair. We've decided to suck it and see.

We'll have a live coverage piece on our front page tomorrow morning, with all the info you need to follow the drama. In the meantime, here's a couple of snaps of the Vulture 1 mated to the main payload, to give you an idea of how it sits:

The Vulture 1 mounted under the main payload box

The Vulture 1 nose with pilot ready to roll

As we previously reported, provincial paper El Diario de Avila is rather taken with the aircraft, which it has dubbed Buitre 1. Our first aborted launch prompted this follow-up piece:

The PARIS team in the Diario de Avila

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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