Space Waste Lab

The living lab with the European Space Agency to visualize, capture, and upcycle space waste into sustainable experiences.

Space Waste Lab

Space Waste Lab

Right now there are more than 29.000 objects larger than 10 centimeters floating around the earth. It is space waste; parts of broken rockets and satellites. This waste can damage our current satellites, with collisions creating more space waste and disturbing our digital communications. And nobody really knows how to fix it.

SPACE WASTE LAB is the multi-year living lab with the European Space Agency and Studio Roosegaarde to visualize, capture, and upcycle space waste into sustainable experiences. SPACE WASTE LAB is exhibited in the Netherlands and Italy to raise awareness about space waste, and wonder about new solutions. The SPACE WASTE LAB PERFORMANCE visualises the space waste above your head real-time with large green beams of light. Our current research solution is creating artificial Shooting Stars from captured space waste. We are on a mission for clean space.

Winner of World OMOSIROI Award in Japan and Gold Award Future Mars Life competition in China.

SPACE WASTE LAB is the living lab of space experts at ESA (the European Space Agency) and the team of Studio Roosegaarde to give new perspectives on the current 8.1 million kilo of space waste. The project is accompanied by an education programme in which more than 2000 students have participated.

SPACE WASTE LAB PERFORMANCE is a unique large-scale outdoor artwork of green LED beams and real-time tracking information to visualize space waste above your head at an altitude of 200 to 20.000 kilometers. A real piece of space waste is part of the outside exhibition. Special designed software and camera technology developed in the last year enables the SPACE WASTE LAB PERFORMANCE to be exhibited international, in compliance with strict safety and aviation regulations.

SPACE WASTE LAB has a focus on upcyling space waste such as creating Shooting Stars from captured space waste, 3D-printing of moon habitats, and a gigantic sun reflector to reduce climate change.

Daan Roosegaarde: "We need to look at space in a better way. What is space waste, how can we fix it, and what is its potential? Space waste is the smog of our universe."

ESA Director Franco Ongaro about SPACE WASTE LAB: “I’m a strong believer in cooperation between technologists and artists. We believe in what we do as a service to society, but we are often unable to communicate its worth effectively enough. Artists not only communicate vision and feelings to the public, but help us discover aspects of our work which we are often unable to perceive. This cooperation is all the more important when dealing with issues like space debris, which may one day impact our future, and our ability to draw maximum benefits from space. We need to speak in different ways, to convey not just the dry technological aspect of technology, but the emotions involved in the struggle to preserve this environment for future generations.”

Watch the VPRO Tegenlicht documentary or the lecture by Daan Roosegaarde at World Economic Forum with the Minister of State for Advanced Sciences of the UAE Sarah AI Amiri and CEO Airbus Dirk Hoke about SPACE WASTE LAB.

SPACE WASTE LAB is a part of Roosegaarde's larger vision for Schoonheid, a Dutch word meaning both beauty and cleanliness, as in clean space, clean air, clean water, clean energy. Schoonheid is an activator for change, for citizens, makers, NGOs and governments to value and empower Schoonheid as a creative force to make clean environments.

Want to support the project? Make a donation to our foundation Stichting Roosegaarde at NL05 INGB 0006 5678 97, SWIFT code INGBNL2A.

Creating artificial shooting stars of captured space waste as alternative for polluting fireworks
Creating artificial shooting stars of captured space waste as alternative for polluting fireworks
Space debris is used to form a giant solar reflector to reduce the effects of climate change.
Space debris is used to form a giant solar reflector to reduce the effects of climate change.

Specifications:

The SPACE WASTE LAB exhibition was exhibited at Kunstlinie KAF in Almere, the Netherlands and in Milan Italy in 2019. The SPACE WASTE LAB consists of an education, films, talks and exhibition programme covering the wider context of space waste. You can listen to the SPACE WASTE LAB RADIO here.

Clients:

ESA is supporting knowledge partner. The first SPACE WASTE LAB was at Kunstlinie Almere Flevoland (KAF) which is the cultural hot spot in Almere where all disciplines such as theatre, architecture, music or dance are represented. The city of Almere will be hosting the Floriade Expo 2022.

Gold Award at Future Mars Life competition
Gold Award at Future Mars Life competition
The SPACE WASTE LAB wins a Gold Award at the Future Mars Life competition in China for its design contribution to life in space.
Space Waste Lab with ESA
Space Waste Lab with ESA
How can art inspire space waste solutions? Join Daan Roosegaarde in conversation with ESA Clean Space team about SPACE WASTE LAB at the webinar Thursday 23 July 15:00 CEST.
Space Waste Lab Milan: una performance tra arte e tecnologia per riflettere sui rifiuti spaziali
Space Waste Lab Milan: una performance tra arte e tecnologia per riflettere sui rifiuti spaziali