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Paper aeroplane reached edge of space

PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 2:11 pm
by RickLewis
Interesting project just reported in the media today. A bunch of space enthusiasts made a plane out of paper drinking straws, released it from a high-altitude balloon and took pics with its on-board cameras as it glided back to earth. Total project cost = £8,000. Eat your heart out, NASA. :lol:

http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Technology/Paper-Plane-Makers-See-Success-As-They-Send-Plane-Into-Space/Article/201011215800167?lpos=Technology_News_Your_Way_Region_2&lid=NewsYourWay_ARTICLE_15800167_Paper_Plane_Makers_See_Success_As_They_Send_Plane_Into_Space

Re: Paper aeroplane reached edge of space

PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:44 am
by Intranaut
Yes! I posted this on facebook when I read it about it! Good on them! Have you heard about the Danish guy who is trying to launch the first amateur manned rocket into space?

Re: Paper aeroplane reached edge of space

PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 5:52 pm
by RickLewis
Intranaut wrote:Yes! I posted this on facebook when I read it about it! Good on them! Have you heard about the Danish guy who is trying to launch the first amateur manned rocket into space?

Really? Amazing! And scary. How amateur is amateur, exactly? I hope this spacecraft isn't made of paper drinking straws!

Such worries aside, all I can say is wow and good luck to him.

Re: Paper aeroplane reached edge of space

PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:16 pm
by Intranaut

Re: Paper aeroplane reached edge of space

PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 11:11 am
by RickLewis
Thanks for that. It sounds very interesting. The pilot (ok, dummy in the photo) looks rather exposed. Being launched in that rocket must feel a bit like being strapped inside a missile.

Re: Paper aeroplane reached edge of space

PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 11:13 am
by RickLewis
Just saw another news story this morning, about a primary school that has its own space programme. Apparently it involved a potato dressed as Santa Claus and is called Spudnik 2. :)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/spac ... space.html

Re: Paper aeroplane reached edge of space

PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:15 pm
by Intranaut
That's awesome! Probably the best primary school teacher ever! Did it mention how much it cost them there?