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Jan 18, 2015, 09:27 PM
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KH-11 model




The long time quest for a KH-11 model ended when I remembered paper hubble models abounded. The KH-11 was once believed to be a short hubble with no instrument package. A later Kiwipedia update showed it being identical to hubble & having a large propellant tank for reboosts.



Decided to stick with the earlier theory. No matter what it really is, it's still vastly different than hubble.

The paper model wasn't as inspiring as hoped. It had to be 2.66x smaller than the NASA model to fit in the levitator. The toner fell off. The model was intended for a color printer. Left out the high gain antennas because they wouldn't fit in the levitator. Left out the instrument boxes because they would be crushed by the magnet & were microscopic.



It wouldn't be worth it if it didn't float. It only got stuck to the magnet once. It required a new rework to reverse the magnet. This wasn't powerful enough to unstick it, but it got it loose enough to remove without destroying it.


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