We are going to launch 100 paper planes from the edge of space!

Each plane will carry a message for the person who finds it.

Your messages will be carried on a Samsung SD Memory Cards attached to one of the planes. Samsung are doing this to prove how tough their memory cards are.

If you find one of our space planes after launch, let us know. We’ll announce on this site and hopefully set a new world record.

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These are the Samsung SD memory cards. They are magnet proof, shock proof and waterproof. But are they space proof?

PROJECT
SPACE PLANES

Send a message in a paper plane, from space!
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We'll be keeping you up to date with project announcements both here and on @spaceplanes!

Well this is it, we’re at the end of our Project Space Planes and we hope that you’ve enjoyed the highs and the lows alongside us!

The launch was a huge success despite the weather playing up so much that it delayed us a number of months. Those paper planes with their precious cargo of Samsung SD memory cards flew down to earth, seemingly all over the world!

We tested one of the cards that got stuck in the net and came back to earth with the payload and it works perfectly. There was no damage from its trip to space and the data on it hadn’t been altered in any way (as you can see from the round-up film!).

We are still waiting for the reports of people finding planes to be confirmed but it is safe to say that the cards will still work after their pioneering space mission.

Thank you all for your support over the course of this project, we couldn’t have done it without you! 

Hi space fans!

So we did our launch 3 weeks ago now and the reports of people finding planes are still coming in. We’re waiting for confirmations on these reports so keep checking back.

We’re going to still be here for another 2 weeks so if you or someone you know has found a pink and purple plane, let us know! Send us a photo and let us know the unique number written on the card and plane so we can identify it. You can contact us here: http://projectspaceplanes.com/ask

Well folks, here’s the summary of our awesome Project Space Planes! Check out some of the new footage and all of the action from the weeks of preparation and the excitement from the launch. 

We’ll keep updating you all on any planes that are found so keep checking back in with us!

And remember, if you find a plane, let us know at http://projectspaceplanes.com/ask

Here are the new locations where we’ve been told people have found planes:

Sydney, Australia

Khabarovsk, Russia

Bangalore, India

Zehlendorf, Berlin, Germany

We are still verifying all of these reports and will be able to let you know when we can confirm them! 

Also, just to answer a question that a few people have asked us, the launch took place on Monday 17th January 2011 from a field in Wolfsburg, Germany.

Keep checking back here for more updates!  

Here is a list of locations that people have reported seeing the planes and cards in:
Minden, Germany
Bremen, Germany
Berlin, Germany
The Netherlands
Turlock, CA, USA
Winnpeg, Canada
South Africa
We’re looking into all of these reports now. How cool, huh?

Here is a list of locations that people have reported seeing the planes and cards in:

Minden, Germany

Bremen, Germany

Berlin, Germany

The Netherlands

Turlock, CA, USA

Winnpeg, Canada

South Africa

We’re looking into all of these reports now. How cool, huh?

Everyone is desperate to know whether any of the planes have been found, so….
We have had some unconfirmed discoveries of planes in places as near to the release site as Bremen and Minden, Germany and as far flung as South Africa and America!! 
We are waiting for confirmation that the planes still had their cargo of Samsung SD memory cards so we will let you know details as soon as we get them.
Have a look at the image above to see the spot just south of Berlin where the balloon burst and the planes were released. 
Happy hunting everyone and remember, if you find one, let us know where you found it and your details!

Everyone is desperate to know whether any of the planes have been found, so….

We have had some unconfirmed discoveries of planes in places as near to the release site as Bremen and Minden, Germany and as far flung as South Africa and America!! 

We are waiting for confirmation that the planes still had their cargo of Samsung SD memory cards so we will let you know details as soon as we get them.

Have a look at the image above to see the spot just south of Berlin where the balloon burst and the planes were released. 

Happy hunting everyone and remember, if you find one, let us know where you found it and your details!

We’ve only gone and done it! Check out all of the action from the launch day in Germany. 

The planes will be floating down to earth right now so keep your eyes peeled and let us know if you find one at www.projectspaceplanes.com/ask

We’re back in the UK, showered and recharged, and got some facts and figures for you from the launch. Tech geeks, this is your moment.

Our balloon, filled with 7,815 litres of helium gas, reached 37,339 metres (122,503 feet) before it burst and fell back down to earth. It took about 2.6 hours to rise up to this height and then only 40 minutes to fall back down and land in that very tall tree.

The payload travelled over 300 kilometres from the launch site near Wolfsburg and landed just north of a lovely place called Schonwald, narrowly dodging a lake, a river and a military base.

The planes were released at around 36,500 metres and could have landed anywhere so make sure you watch the skies!

The team had lots of fun on the mission, including eating in the truckers’ buffet on the ferry over to Holland, driving through torrential rain at top speed on the German autobahn and trying to cross rivers with the help of fallen tree trunks.

Look out for the film of the launch, coming soon!

We’re back in the UK, showered and recharged, and got some facts and figures for you from the launch. Tech geeks, this is your moment.

Our balloon, filled with 7,815 litres of helium gas, reached 37,339 metres (122,503 feet) before it burst and fell back down to earth. It took about 2.6 hours to rise up to this height and then only 40 minutes to fall back down and land in that very tall tree.

The payload travelled over 300 kilometres from the launch site near Wolfsburg and landed just north of a lovely place called Schonwald, narrowly dodging a lake, a river and a military base.

The planes were released at around 36,500 metres and could have landed anywhere so make sure you watch the skies!

The team had lots of fun on the mission, including eating in the truckers’ buffet on the ferry over to Holland, driving through torrential rain at top speed on the German autobahn and trying to cross rivers with the help of fallen tree trunks.

Look out for the film of the launch, coming soon!

Welcome back! We all hope that you had a great break and that you’re raring for some more space-based action.
And now for some great news…
We’re out in Germany and have been battling against high winds and grey skies to complete a balloon launch! The balloon was released at 11am this morning and was out of sight very quickly. The tracking team were already on the road by the time the balloon was launched, speeding away to the predicted spot where the payload would land.
At 37,000 metres the planes and their precious cargo of Samsung memory cards were released (about 3 hours after the launch), flying down to earth to be found by lucky members of the public. The balloon burst and dropped to earth, taking just half an hour to reach the ground! Our tree-climbing skills were put to the test as the balloon and rig had landed 20 metres up a tree in a forest (the big stick helped…).
We managed to recover the footage from the cameras and are busy putting it all together so that you can see what happened today.
In the meantime, check out these photos, aren’t they awesome (and isn’t that balloon massive)?

Welcome back! We all hope that you had a great break and that you’re raring for some more space-based action.

And now for some great news…

We’re out in Germany and have been battling against high winds and grey skies to complete a balloon launch! The balloon was released at 11am this morning and was out of sight very quickly. The tracking team were already on the road by the time the balloon was launched, speeding away to the predicted spot where the payload would land.

At 37,000 metres the planes and their precious cargo of Samsung memory cards were released (about 3 hours after the launch), flying down to earth to be found by lucky members of the public. The balloon burst and dropped to earth, taking just half an hour to reach the ground! Our tree-climbing skills were put to the test as the balloon and rig had landed 20 metres up a tree in a forest (the big stick helped…).

We managed to recover the footage from the cameras and are busy putting it all together so that you can see what happened today.

In the meantime, check out these photos, aren’t they awesome (and isn’t that balloon massive)?

Well folks, we’ve got a bit of bad news for you space fans out there. Our experts don’t think that we will be launching this side of Christmas due to the weather. Our weather trackers are showing more snow, high winds and general horrible conditions for the next couple of weeks, none of which will go down well with our balloon and paper planes.

So, it looks like we’ll be putting our little cards up into space in 2011. Stay tuned though, we’ll be updating the blog regularly with other space-related wonderfulness.