Previous World Record
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).
Figure 1: British Vulture 1 Paper Airplane
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USI Paper Airplane Design
On Saturday, October 27, 2012, the University of Southern Indiana's HAB 9 Team will attempt to break the world record of dropping a paper airplane from an altitude of more than 89,591 feet. The plane will be constructed of paper straws, paper board, and printer paper, and will have a video camera and tracking device on board.
Figure 2: Design of HAB 9 Paper Airplane
Paper Airplane Construction Photos
Paper Airplane Testing Photos
Paper Airplane Final Design