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January 30, 2015

NSF helps launch origami into space -- Science Nation


NSF helps launch origami into space

Origami has caught the attention of engineers who are using it to create all sorts of new structures--from collapsible packaging to airbags for cars. Origami has even found its way into space! With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), mechanical engineer Larry Howell and a team of researchers from Brigham Young University collaborated with NASA to design a solar array that can be tightly compacted for launch and then deployed in space to generate power for space stations or satellites.

Original air date: October 27, 2014

Credit: National Science Foundation

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