2018 AMI Online Salon

Ladybugs & Satellite Design: Folding for Outer Space

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Andrea Lam; Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Client: Faculty Advisor: Marc Dryer
  • Copyright: © 2018 Andrea Lam
  • Medium / software used: Autodesk Maya, Adobe Illustrator CC
  • Final presentation format: Print, Journal Cover
  • Primary audience: Educated Lay Audience

Project Description

Ladybugs are strong fliers compared to other beetles. Their wings are unique in that they are powerful and stable, and yet can easily deform to and from a compact state—a natural optimization between strength and quick deployment. Researchers recently identified the complex steps to the folding mechanism, as well as other unique properties of ladybug wings. There are high hopes of applying these principles to various engineering solutions, particularly, future space-deployable designs in satellites. This editorial illustration was created as a journal cover to entice a lay audience to read the feature article. I modeled an origami ladybug on top of a satellite blueprint to communicate the relationship between wing-folding and informing satellite design.