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Gnome Chompski

Gnome Chompski mounted on Kick Stage [Rocket Lab]

Gnome Chompski mounted on Kick Stage [Rocket Lab]

Gnome Chompski is a 15 cm 3D printed gnome titanium figurine attached to the launch vehicle's Kick Stage, serving as a mass simulator.

A mass simulator will also be fixed to this mission’s Kick Stage in the form of a 3D printed gnome created for Valve’s Gabe Newell by multi-award-winning design studio Weta Workshop, the creative studio behind Lord of the Rings, Avatar, and Mulan. The unique space component is additively manufactured into the shape of Half-Life gaming icon Gnome Chompski. The mission serves as an homage to the innovation and creativity of gamers worldwide, and also aims to test and qualify a novel 3D printing technique that could be employed for future spacecraft components. Valve president, Gabe Newell, will be donating one dollar to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Starship Children’s Hospital for every person who watches the launch online at www.rocketlabusa.com/live-stream.

Manufactured with support from multi-award-winning design studio Weta Workshop, the unique space component is additively manufactured from titanium and printed in the shape of Half-Life gaming icon Gnome Chompski. The mission serves as an homage to the innovation and creativity of gamers worldwide, and also aims to test and qualify a novel 3D printing technique that could be employed for future spacecraft components. The 150 mm gnome will remain attached to the Kick Stage during all mission phases and will burn up upon re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere during the de-orbiting process.

The satellite was launched in November 2020 by an Electron KS rocket.

Nation: New Zealand
Type / Application: Art
Operator: Rocket Lab, Gabe Newell
Contractors: Gabe Newell, Weta Worksop
Equipment: Figurine
Configuration: Figurine mounted on Kick Stage
Propulsion: None
Power: None
Lifetime: Few hours
Mass:
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Gnome Chompski 2020-085 20.11.2020 OnS LC-1A Electron KS with Dragracer A, Dragracer B, BRO 2, BRO 3, SpaceBEE 22, ..., 45, APSS 1

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