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Highest-altitude paper plane launch

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  • Who: Vulture 1

  • What: Highest-altitude paper plane launch

  • Where: Spain

On 28 October 2010, at a location about 120 miles west of Madrid, Spain, a team of British space enthusiasts launched a paper aeroplane into space from a helium balloon at an altitude of 89,591 feet (27,307.39 m) or 17 miles above the earth’s surface. The plane, Vulture 1, had a wingspan of three feet, was made of paper straws, covered in paper and it took a year to construct. The balloon was equipped with two cameras and tracker devices, and both plane and balloon were retrieved intact about 100 miles from the launch site. The project cost £8,000 (then approx. $12,700).


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