Critics say the uncertainty makes the test pointless. Yasuyuki Miyazaki, an aerospace engineer at Nihon University who is not involved in the project, said the paper shuttles might not come back at all, depending on the angle at which they enter the atmosphere. View all New York Times newsletters.
Origami planes may blaze path for new spacecraft
But Suzuki said many things about science "have to be learned simply by trying them out. Takuo Toda, who heads the Japan Origami Airplane Association, had nursed the idea of flying a shuttle-shaped paper plane since the U. Toda spent 18 months figuring out how to fold a perfect origami spacecraft from a plain sheet of paper - without cutting, stitching or taping it - and tested hundreds of designs in the process. Toda and Suzuki first met about 10 years ago, when Suzuki and other scientists attended Toda's launching of a 2-meter-long paper craft from the top of a mountain.
The successful flight impressed Suzuki, and Toda revealed his long-cherished dream. The effort has been a labor of love.
Origami Jet Plane
It has had no outside financing so far, relying on paper donated by the origami association and Suzuki's access to Tokyo University equipment. The project has inspired curiosity among scientists in Japan. No matter how it turns out, a paper craft flight from space would tell us many things.
The fact that a paper shuttle has endured the harsh environment in the lab tests also provides valuable data for future aerospace technology.
Paper Airplane Designs
Suzuki and Toda use origami paper made of sugar cane fibers that are resistant to heat, wind and water. They spray a special coating onto the paper and then fold it into shuttles about 20 centimeters long and 10 centimeters wide that weigh about 30 grams, or a little over one ounce. How many shuttles will be released has not been decided. The pair theorize that with the coating, rounded edges, a rounded nose cone and almost no weight, their craft will face very little of the heat-generating friction that causes most damage to vehicles re-entering Earth's atmosphere.
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