High-tech paper airplane sets record with 82-mile flight

A cardboard paper airplane flew 82 miles from Kankakee, Illinois, to Rochester, Indiana in two hours and seven minutes

Equipped with a GPS tracker, an HD video camera, and temperature and barometric pressure sensors to take measurements, an airplane made of paper board was launched from a helium weather balloon at an altitude of 96,563 feet, which is just over 18 miles high. Made in the traditional design that every child would recognize, the plane had a 14-inch wingspan and weighed just about one pound.


A member of theĀ US Fox Valley Composite Squadron, Illinois Wing, Civil Air Patrol with the high-tech paper airplane. Image via Gizmag.

Built by members of the U.S. Fox Valley Composite Squadron, the local unit of the Illinois Wing, Civil Air patrol, the airplane soared 81-miles and 5,179 feet, starting from Kankakee, Illinois, and ending its trip in Rochester, Indiana. The flight took just under two hours and seven minutes. Read More