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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
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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)
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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.
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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)
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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.
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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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