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November 12, 2010

Brits send paper plane into space

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by Janet Harris

Britain has been the birthplace of many inventions throughout history but a paper spaceship must be among the wackiest – and yet it worked!

Keeping the tradition of British inventiveness alive, John Oates, Steve Daniels, and Lester Haines launched Vulture 1, a plane made out of paper and straws, into space on a helium balloon.

The helium balloon climbed for 90 minutes to a height of 90,000 ft before it exploded, freeing the plane and allowing it to glide back to earth.

The operation dubbed PARIS (Paper Aircraft Released Into Space) aimed to take pictures of the earth’s curvature with a miniature camera. It cost just £8,000.

The plane, which has a 3ft wingspan, landed 100 miles away from its launch site 50 miles west of Madrid, intact expect for a hole in its wing.

It had even managed to take some dramatic images on its journey.

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  1. and where are they?!

    Comment by shadow — November 12, 2010 @ 1:25 pm

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