The Orbital Reflector is an art installation nearly 100 feet long that will roll out and inflate from a tiny satellite that will launch on Monday (Nov. 19). Click here to watch the launch via live stream. Courtesy of the artist and the Nevada Museum of Art (NMA)
Artist Trevor Paglen wanted to give people a reason to look up. Working with the Nevada Museum of Art, he created the Orbital Reflector, a 98-foot-long (30-meter) sculpture constructed of a lightweight material similar to Mylar. Don’t expect it to turn up in a museum anytime soon — to see it you’ll have to literally stare into space 350 miles (575 km) above the Earth’s surface. The artwork will launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Monday, Nov. 19 at 9:32 a.m. Central Time. Packed inside a brick-sized satellite called a CubeSat, the sculpture will self-inflate like a balloon when it reaches low-Earth orbit.
Trevor Paglen. Courtesy of the artist and the NMA
Once the sculpture assumes its full diamond shape, sunlight reflecting from its metallic skin will make the object shine as bright as the stars of the Big Dipper or about second magnitude.
Paglen’s project is one of approximately 71 ...