This new Japanese theory of launching paper airplanes from space is definitely a new one. After all the Japanese have almost perfected the electric toilet so you know this will be possible. Professor Shinichi Suzuki of the University of Tokyo is the man who thought this might be possible and is to about break global engineering thoughts. His team will be testing the airplanes that they will be launching from International Space Station. They will send an astronaut who will launch 100 paper planes which will glide back to Earth. They will be testing prototypes which resemble a space shuttle sent in by Japan Origami Airplane Association. The prototypes have been tested in a wind tunnel and are coated with a compound that increases their heat resistance. So far the planes have resisted winds up to seven times the speed of sound, and endured temperatures of around 300 degrees Celsius.The planes being tested are about 8 cm long and weigh less than 30g. If Professor Suzuki can convince the American Space Agency, NASA and the Japanese Space Agency, JAXA to allow Japan’s next astronaut to launch the paper airplanes, the project would help to inspire new ideas for lightweight re-entry vehicles that can explore the upper parts of the earth’s atmosphere. They hope this will inspire school kids to get involved in science.
Because of the Earth being about 70% water the team estimates that the planes only have a 4-5% chance of hitting land. This is why they want the astronaut to release 100 paper airplanes. The International Space Station is 400 km above the Earth’s surface and if a plane would be to land it would be the longest flight ever made by a paper plane. If the plane is successful the team hopes to be able to attach a tracking device to it. The planes have been written saying if found to please return to Japan, what a relief huh?
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