origami space shuttle

Origami spaceplane
 

‘Tis just as if I had known it, when, during chrimbo, I occupied myself with creating complex airplanes out of square sheets of paper by folding only. Now geeks from Tokyo University teamed up with geeks from the Japan Origami Airplane Association, and are planning to have an origami airplane, resembling the space shuttle in shape, launched from the International Space Station (ISS), have it enter the Earth’s atmosphere and then make a glide down to the surface. An 8 cm long prototype, wingspan 5 cm, chemically treated, making it “hard as glass,” of the origami shuttle already underwent testing in the hypersonic and high-enthalpy wind tunnel of the University of Tokyo at Kashiwa (that is in the Chiba prefecture, the very location where the opening chapter of Gibson‘s “Neuromancer” takes place). It withstood wind speeds up to Mach 7, roughly 8500 km/h, without catching fire or disintegrating.
 

via hint from TK—tnx a lot
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