Lucknow, Feb. 13 -- Spacecraft will be able to accommodate more satellites in near future, thanks to origami - the traditional Japanese art of folding paper.

A team of IIT-Kanpur researchers is using this technique to design lightweight resilient materials with usage ranging from making foldable satellites to better medical implants.

"A plain paper can be used to make a boat, a flower or a plane just by varying the way you fold it, in origami. We are using these properties of origami to make structures, based on their requirement," said prof Tanmoy Mukhopadhyay, who is leading the research.

His team is also collaborating with experts of Oxford University and a group of academicians from China and Australia.

Under the project, the resear...