Origami Bijou

Fashioned from a single sheet of silver

Origami Space Shuttles

Cindy Ng

Earlier this year in the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) together with the University of Tokyo and metal manufacturer Castem created nine origami space shuttles to launch into space! The 29-gram origami shuttle, which measures 38 centimeters long and 22 centimeter wide, are made from lightweight sugar cane fiber paper that has been chemically treated to resist heat and water. The prototype performed successfully, surviving through wind speeds of Mach 7 (8,600 kph) and temperatures of around 200 degrees celsius or 392 degrees fahrenheit.

At this time, plans will not go ahead to launch as measures to prevent the craft from colliding with satellites were insufficient.