This Shape-Shifting Radiator Design Uses Folded Paper Techniques

By: Alyson Wyers - Feb 1, 2017
References: nasa.gov & techcrunch
This clever radiator design from NASA took inspiration from origami. The ancient Japanese art of paper folding was behind the "potentially trailblazing 'smart' radiator" being developed by a NASA technologist to adjust heat on small satellites. It can change shapes to create either a cooling or warming effect. The flexible and compact satellite radiator prototype was invented by Vivek Dwivedi from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center as well as a research team based out of Brigham Young University.

The unconventional folding and unfolding radiator design is made with a pattern of tessellated 3D diamonds, like V-groove paper structures found in origami. This dynamic invention could be used to replace radiators already in use on satellites.