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paper JAXA Enterprise-D by ninjatoespapercraft paper JAXA Enterprise-D by ninjatoespapercraft
A motivational poster based on my "paper spaceplane" USS Enterprise-D and a story about the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA (the japanese equivalent of NASA) which plans to launch a paper origami plane from space to see if it survives re-entry in Earth's atmosphere ([link]).

Did I mention they won't be using regular paper?
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Ultima-D Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008
They'd have to be going with 500lb or something a bit heavier
ninjatoespapercraft Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008
Yeah, I think maybe even 510 lbs. ;o)

They had developed special heat resistant "paper", but I think they are stilling working out "several other difficulties"... ;o)
necropedal Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would love to see this event when it happens, your model is fantastically designed and well thought out.

I have been a Star Trek fan since 1995 and have never looked back, i am the biggest fan of the franchise that I know and the only one amongst fans I know that know how stardates actually work in the 24th century.

I would love to be around when this sort of technology exists, cruising through space at unimaginable velocities, charting the unknown and exploring the galaxy, but alas i might not be. I am 21 now and hope to ring in the 22nd Century, but that'll be the dream.

Live long and Prosper, Qaplah.
ninjatoespapercraft Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
I'm not 100% sure but JAXA's "paper space plane" seems to be on hold; taikonaut Koichi Wakata was to... well... throw the paper plane back towards earth, but now it seems they want to use an unmanned rocket.

There's actually a book with instructions to fold your own prototype available, with special paper treated with silicones to make it heat and water resistant (ISBN 978-4-576-08122-9): [link]

As for Star Trek... All we can do is hope they hurry up with that time travelling technology I guess... ;o)
necropedal Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for all the information, i will make sure to utilize as much of it as possible.
ninjatoespapercraft Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
Haha yeah I'm thinking about buying the book, becoming an astronaut myself and beating JAXA to it! ;o)
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September 27, 2008
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