Text: “NASA’s New Shape-Shifting Radiator Inspired by Origami”

This specific example has an interesting connection to May 2023 TOK essay prescribed title #3. This is an instance where a group of scientists has looked outside of their “bubble” into Japanese art and have used what have learn to improve the NASA equipment designs.

“Japan’s ancient art of paper folding has inspired the design of a potentially trailblazing “smart” radiator that a NASA technologist is now developing to remove or retain heat on small satellites.

Vivek Dwivedi, a technologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, has teamed with a couple of researchers at Brigham Young University in Utah to advance an unconventional radiator that would fold and unfold, much like the V-groove paper structures created with origami, the art of transforming a flat piece of paper into a finished sculpture.” https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2017/nasa-s-new-shape-shifting-radiator-inspired-by-origami