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Orbital Reflector

Orbital Reflector [Nevada Museum of Art]

Orbital Reflector is a 3U CubeSat which deploys a large reflective sculpture.

Orbital Reflector is a project by the Nevada Museum of Art and artist Trevor Paglen to put a reflective, nonfunctional satellite into low Earth orbit. Orbital Reflector is a 30 m sculpture constructed of a lightweight material similar to Mylar. It is housed in a small box-like infrastructure known as a CubeSat and launched into space aboard a rocket. Once in low Earth orbit at a distance of about 575 kilometers from Earth, the CubeSat opens and releases the sculpture, which self-inflates like a balloon. Sunlight reflects onto the sculpture making it visible from Earth with the naked eye like a slowly moving artificial star as bright as a star in the Big Dipper.

Global Western is an aerospace firm working with Trevor Paglen and the Nevada Museum of Art to design and manufacture Orbital Reflector. Spaceflight Industries will arrange for the launch of Orbital Reflector on board a SpaceX Falcon-9 v1.2 rocket.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Art
Operator: Nevada Museum of Art
Contractors: Global Western
Equipment: Deployable reflective structure
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Propulsion: None
Power: 4 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 4 kg
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Orbital Reflector - 2018 Va SLC-4E Falcon-9 v1.2 with SkySat 14, 15, Eu:CROPIS, STPSat 5, FalconSat 6, NEXTSat 1, KazSTSAT, eXCITe, SeeMe, ICEYE X2, BlackSky Global 2, ESEO, Hawk 1, 2, 3, Capella 1, AISTECHSAT 2, CSIM-FD, Hiber 2, ITASAT 1, Landmapper-BC 4 v2, ROSE 1, ORS 7A, 7B, Al-Farabi 2, Astrocast 0.1, Audacy 0, BRIO, Centauri 2, Eaglet 1, Flock-3s 1, 2, 3, ICE-Cap, K2SAT, MinXSS 2, RAAF M1, SeaHawk 1, SNUSAT 2, THEA, VESTA, ZACUBE 2, PW-Sat 2, SNUGLITE, VisionCube, RANGE A, B, Elysium-Star 2, ExseedSat 1, Fox 1C, Hamilton 1, Irvine 02, JY1-Sat, KNACKSAT, MOVE 2, SpaceBEE 9, 10, 11, Suomi-100, WeissSat 1, BeeSat 5, 6, 7, 8, BlackHawk, ENOCH, KazSciSat, ORS 1, SIRION Pathfinder 2, (US Gov), (US Gov), (US Gov), (US Gov), (US Gov)

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