Monday, January 21, 2008

Paper Plane to be Launched from ISS

A Japanese team is planning on launching a paper airplane from the International Space Station. It will be made of heat resistant paper and the makers hope that it will survive reentry. They will soon begin testing an 8cm long prototype, subjecting it in wind tunnel speeds of Mach 7.
No launch date has been set for the paper spaceplane, but Shinji Suzuki, an aerospace engineering professor at the University of Tokyo, is thinking ahead. "We hope the space station crew will write a message of peace on the plane before they launch it," says Suzuki. "We don't know where in the world the plane will land, but it would be nice to send a message to whoever finds it."

via boingboing


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