The Guinness world record for the Highest altitude paper plane launch was set 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).
The team launched the balloon from a remote spot around 50 miles west of Madrid after gaining permission from the Spanish authorities. It took an hour-and-a-half to climb to 90,000ft before the expanding helium burst the balloon.
The team tracked the plane using a GPS navigation system as it took another 90 minutes to glide back to Earth and landed in woodland 100 miles from the release point. But for a hole in a wing, their creation was undamaged.
Originally posted 2013-05-14 23:00:12.