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I'm sure many of you were saddened to hear that the space shuttle was partaking in its final mission. I know I was. This Instructible is dedicated to the Space Shuttle and all the knowledge it has given us, all the payload it has delivered to the heavens, and how many dreams it has inspired. Furthermore, this Instructible is dedicated to the entire crew of STS-135 that they may have a safe and memorable mission in the stars.

This miniature space shuttle measures 3 centimeters in wingspan, 4 centimeters in length, and 1.3 centimeters in height, making it one of the smallest paper planes on instructables. It is also easy to build and cheap enough to fit anybody's (defense) budget. However, it is tricky to throw and needs very precise trimming to get a good glide.Once trimmed though, this glider had a respectable glide slope and a very smooth and stable flight. If, for whatever reason, this paper shuttle does not seem to fly, do not hesitate to leave me a message and I will see to it that it flies right. Any recommendations and suggestions are also very much appreciated.

Step 1: Materials

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1) Paper
- Light paper, such as writing paper/looseleaf/pad paper is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
- The piece should be at least 4x6 centimeters.

2) Stapler
- Use standard staples. They are approximately 1.5 centimeters in length.

3) Scissors
- Use a small, sharp pair.

4) Metric Ruler
- Small, clear rulers work the best for this project.

5) Pencil
- Mechanical pencils or a well-sharpened wood pencil is ideal.
came69204 months ago
And do u have any expertise/background in flying or are u just a guy with a glaring talent?
came69204 months ago
Lockheed sr-71 black bird would be cool.
BeltránC7 months ago

Can you build another model, please? I love your micro-planes! Thank you

TR-Pilot1 year ago
These staple planes are great. 5 stars!
How about a Vulcan Bomber. I've tried and failed miserably.
sf49ers1 year ago
Hey pmet!
OrigamiAirEnorcer sent me to ask you about my plane
RSV263 years ago
whats the best paper for this?
he uses post-it notes (sticky notes)
thank you but dont you mean she.
pmet is a guy
pmet (author)  papercrafter4082 years ago
Yessir I be a dude XD
thank you but dont you mean she.
knexpert1012 years ago
My friend really wants to see if you can make an instructable on the kitty hawk. If its possible please post it
pmet (author)  knexpert1012 years ago
Sure! I'll see what I can do. Do you mean the Wright Brother's aircraft that flew at Kitty Hawk or the P-40 Kitty Hawk?
noob0063 years ago
what about the shuttle carrier aircraft for that?
hrodriguez73 years ago
its nice and all, but mine doesn't go up or down. it justs makes an upward loop and comes down like a leaf.
i hope you can help me.
pmet (author)  hrodriguez73 years ago
Try lowering the angle of the elevator (i.e the flaps at the back) and make sure there is no anhedral or dihedral on the wings (perfectly flat). If not, try making another shuttle out of the lightest paper you can find, such as writing or tracing paper. If even that doesn't work out, try adding a second staple to the front. This should give you a better glide.
Jsquared244 years ago
This is a really cool instructable! I love space shuttles and now i can make heaps of small ones! I also love the mini staple gliders you make :D
pmet (author)  Jsquared244 years ago
Glad you like them! Let me know if you want me to make a specific plane in micro-sized.
pen blade4 years ago
*7...6...5..* " Jim..., are you sure this is a good idea? I mean, we don't even fit in this thing!"
pmet (author)  pen blade4 years ago
Maybe you can fit in this one :D http://www.instructables.com/id/Paper-Space-Shuttle/