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Instructions for Building the Space Shuttle Glider

materials for glider

Materials needed:

  • Space Shuttle Glider Kit
    printed on cardstock (65-80 lbs.)
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Rulers
  • Glue (stick or white)
  • Tape (cellophane)
  • Double-sided tape
  • "Weight"(heavy/thick paper,
    heavy cardboard, flat magnet, etc.-
    approximately 0.6 oz)
  • 2 small paper clips per glider

    1. Before cutting, write your name in any of the empty rectangles near the "flaps".
    2. Using scissors, cut out the entire pattern on the outside lines. (Do not cut along the dashed lines.) The more careful you are cutting, the better the finished glider will look.
    3. Line up the ruler with the dashed fold lines. Use the edge of another ruler to press a groove into the lines. This will make folding more accurate.
    4. pushpins in glider After creasing all folds in the glider, line up the 2 top pieces side to side and use a push pin to puncture a hole near the cockpit windows. Making sure that the flaps are folded inside the glider, puncture another hole through the last rectangle (that has the word NASA in it) so that it goes through the flap to the other side.
    5. Fold the paper on all dashed lines. The dashed lines will be up for a mountain fold and down for a valley fold.
    6. Lightly cover both pieces of nose strut 1 with glue. Fold it over the nose of the glider to form a triangle shape. Bend nose strut 2 over and press to strut 1 until the glue holds.
    7. Coat the inside of each wing with glue and press top and bottom together. Be very careful to line up the parts.
    8. Coat the inside of the tail pieces with glue. Also coat the outside of the four flaps along the payload bay with glue. Bring the two sides of the payload bay together so that all flaps slide inside the glider. Lightly press the payload bay and the tail pieces together until the glue holds.
    9. Coat the inside surface of the nose on each side with glue and press them to the struts until the glue holds. If you wish, strengthen the nose with a small amount of cellophane tape.
    10. Put a small amount of glue on the inside of the tiny triangle at the nose of the glider. Bend it upward to close the hole. As the glue dries, the triangle will stay put.
    11. Glue or use Double-sided tape to attach a "weight" to the bottom of the orbiter. A weight of approximately 0.6 oz is recommended when using the suggested landing site parameters. Some ideas for weights include (heavy/thick paper, heavy cardboard, flat magnets, or anything heavy enough, but still flat enough so that it does not produce too much drag). This weight is needed to give the shuttle enough momentum to reach the runway without "stalling" on the fishing line.
    12. paperclips in shuttle Hook a small paper clip into each of the holes in the glider.

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