Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/11/17/vulture_cad/
Hey kids, wanna build your own Vulture 1?
Click here for hot plans of famous space plane
Well, you lovely people, it's time to wrap the Paper Aircraft Released Into Space project following our astounding Vulture 1 triumph.
In case you missed it, we had a bit of a result with our beloved PARIS. No sooner had the news broken in Oz, than the international media were all over us like a rash.
The list goes on, and it's evident that the exploits of our heroic Playmonaut have captured the imagination of people worldwide.
So much so, in fact, that a team of Aussies from Adelaide are threatening to launch an improved Vulture 1 (project codename KYLIE) from somewhere in central Oz, while students from the Mechanical Engineering Group, Department of Engineering, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran, have requested aircraft plans to mount their own challenge.
We've happily agreed to the Iranian petition. Lecturer Ehsan Roohi and his new Lucky Country rivals can now avail themselves of the Vulture 1 in .dwg format, SketchUp (.skp) format, or full-scale plans (.pdf), so they too can go from this...
To view the .dwg file, you'll need AutoCAD or a free viewer such as DWG TrueView.
Here are a few sample grabs from the file:
Once you've downloaded the .dwg file, you can use it to get the dimensions and other vital statistics of the Vulture 1:
Alternatively, use a real ruler and work off the .pdf plan:
If you've got any doubts about how we put the beast together, we refer you to the above and other background material in our PARIS section. You'll understand we can't answer individual questions, so you're on your own. Good luck. ®
The virtual Vulture 1 is the work of Federico Buenadicha, who was also a vital member of our pursuit team. Thanks to Lawrence Cuthbert for the SketchUp version.
Additional PARIS resources
- New to PARIS? We have a basic mission summary here (pdf).
- Our dedicated PARIS section, with all previous updates, is right here.
- You can find our release, pursuit and recovery photos here...
- ...and our onboard camera photo album here.
- Our Flickr page, for your viewing pleasure.
- Check out our lovely YouTube channel.