Paper Airplane Captures Stunning Images From Space


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It was not too long ago when capturing images from Space was thought to be the forte of professional astronauts. Lately however, amateur space enthusiasts have become savvy enough to do the same, using ingenious homemade gadgets, like Teddy Bears and now, a paper airplane!

Though it was constructed completely out of stiff paper and straws, the Vulture 1 was not a plain vanilla fold-up paper plane, but a rather complex design, complete with framework, fuselage and even a toy plastic pilot. Attached to the airplane was a Styrofoam payload box that contained a video, a miniature camera, a GPS tracking unit, a back-up beacon transmitter and, a release mechanism.

The brainchild of three British Space buffs, the Project Paris (Paper Aircraft released into Space) airplane was launched from a field outside Madrid, Spain on October 28th, and transported up to just over 89,000 feet, by a helium balloon. At this point, thanks to the low-pressure environment, the balloon burst and the airplane and its payload glided down gracefully to Pelayos Dam, about 40 miles away from the original launch site. Along the way, the tiny airplane took some incredible pictures of the scenery.

The three men were happy to find the airplane and its pilot intact and quite pleased to see the quality of images it captured, during its short, 90-minute stint to Space.,

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  • news napprTuesday, February 24, 2015 at 11:41 am
    • latavia74
      latavia74Friday, January 16, 2015 at 11:47 am
      • shniby2Monday, December 8, 2014 at 5:03 pm
        that I think is awesome I always obsessed over planes and I was amazed how a little paper plane can take pics of space
        • nikukyu
          nikukyuThursday, November 20, 2014 at 5:27 am
          Wish I had one!
          • shivi483
            shivi483Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 6:41 pm
            That is awesome I think that is the best plane I wonder how they make it
            • PacoTuesday, March 12, 2013 at 8:10 pm
              • PacoTuesday, March 12, 2013 at 8:10 pm
                • dmartinez1
                  dmartinez1Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 5:52 am
                  I want one noooow!!!!!!!!
                  • dmartinez1
                    dmartinez1Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 5:52 am
                    • niveWednesday, January 25, 2012 at 8:45 pm
                      wonderful they r lucky