Origami in Space

October 12, 2006

This is an amazing object that changes size and shape for very practical reasons.

Robert Lang collaborated on a project to put an enormous folded-up lens into space to create enormous telescopes, far beyond the abilities of the Hubble. His expertise in origami was sought in the folding of the lens, required to fit such a huge surface into the narrow payload compartment of a rocket. Lang suggests that lenses as large as a kilometer may eventually be possible using this technology.

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Via Vestal Design Blog

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