The Concept

The Vortex Star is a flying folded paper device that uses helical fins to induce spin from wind resistance. With a bit of practice, one can throw the Vortex Star in excess of 30 meters! What’s more, the spin of the Vortex Star generates gyroscopic stability, causing an unusually straight flight path.

The most effective shape that I have found thus-far is a five-sided Vortex-Star. However, because the Vortex-Star generates it’s stability from spin, it can take a variety of hyperboloid shapes, from triangles and squares, to more complex hexagons or decagons, to even stranger shapes like hearts and the State of Kentucky. All of these shapes fly with alarming precision for a surprisingly long distance.