Japan is at it again, this time planning to launch a paper spaceplane from the International Space Station and having it travel through the atmosphere and land on Earth.
The researchers are scheduled to begin testing the strength and heat resistance of an 8 centimeter (3.1 in) long prototype on January 17 in an ultra-high-speed wind tunnel at the University of Tokyoâ€™s Okashiwa campus (Chiba prefecture). In the tests, the origami glider â€” which is shaped like the Space Shuttle and has been treated to withstand intense heat â€” will be subjected to wind speeds of Mach 7, or about 8,600 kilometers (5,300 miles) per hour.
What in the hell did they treat that paper airplane with? Obviously some sort of alien goo. Because I tried flying a paper airplane through a fire once, and that thing burnt up real quick. Now I hate to be a conspiracy theorist, but I think it's safe to say that airplane is going to kill us all. I'm building a bunker and starting a cult. Mostly just to have sex with my followers, but this works too.
Origami spaceplane to launch from space station [pinktentacle]