At the moment, more than 29,000 objects, larger than 10 centimeters, are floating around in space. And that is all space waste; parts of demolished missiles and satellites. This waste can cause even more space waste by colliding with the many satellites and even disrupt our digital communication. Nobody knows how to solve this problem.
Space Waste Lab
Therefore, on Friday 5 October, the Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde, together with his team of experts, presents the world premiere of the Space Waste Lab at Kunstlinie Almere Flevoland (KAF).
This live performance visualises real-time, with long vertical lines of light, 1% space waste that is between 200 and 20,000 kilometers. In this spectacular outdoor installation the earth is connected with space debris. The light performance is available for free at KAF after sundown on selected weekends.
ESA and NASA
Space Waste Lab is a living lab supported by knowledge partners ESA and NASA students and visitors. It is the first phase of a long-term Space Waste project and introduces visitors to space debris, not only as a threat but also as a potential source of new creativity.
The living lab consists of, among other things, a real piece of space waste accompanied by an education program to create a new perspective on space debris.
The second phase is a multi-year program to capture space debris and make new sustainable products out of it. Daan Roosegaarde: “We have to look at space in a better way: what is space debris, how do we clean it up and what can we do with it? Space Waste is the smog of our universe.”
In addition to Space Waste Lab, a special education, film, talk and expo program entitled “ Space @ KAF ” will cover the wider context of Space.