Space Waste Lab

Space Waste Lab

Space Waste Lab

Studio Roosegaarde announces the start of the new large-scale project: SPACE WASTE LAB. Right now there are more than 29.000 objects larger than 10 centimeter 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 investigates how to recycle floating space waste into sustainable products. SPACE WASTE LAB PERFORMANCE visualises the space waste above your head real-time.

SPACE WASTE LAB is a living lab which is supported by space experts such as ESA (European Space Agency), students, visitors, and the team of Studio Roosegaarde.

Phase 1 starts with a unique large outdoor SPACE WASTE LAB PERFORMANCE of LEDs and real-time tracking information to visualise space waste above your head on an altitude of 200 to 20.000 kilometers. Specially software and camera technology developed in the last 1,5 year enables the SPACE WASTE LAB PERFORMANCE to work, in compliance with strict safety and aviation regulations. To enhance the experience of the SPACE WASTE LAB PERFORMANCE the surrounding environment is darkened by shutting down streetlights and commercial signs. The indoor exhibition consists of a real piece of space waste accompanied by an education programme with space experts and amateurs to create a new perspective on space waste. More than 2000 high school students have applied already.

Phase 2 is a multi-year program to capture space waste and upcycle it into sustainable products.

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."

SPACE WASTE LAB can be visited from 5 October 2018 until 19 January 2019 at Kunstlinie KAF in Almere, the Netherlands. The live SPACE WASTE LAB PERFORMANCE can be visited after sunset on 5 and 6 October, 9 and 10 November, 7 and 8 December and 18 and 19 January 2019. After that phase 2 starts with space experts to capture and upcycle space waste.

Specifications:

SPACE WASTE LAB can be visited from 5 October 2018 until 19 January 2019 at Kunstlinie KAF in Almere, the Netherlands. The live light performances can be visited after sunset on 5 and 6 October, 9 and 10 November, 7 and 8 December and 18 and 19 January 2019. After that phase 2 starts with space scientists to capture and upcycle space waste.

Clients:

ESA is supporting knowledge partner. Kunstlinie Almere Flevoland (KAF) 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.

Dezeen interview: space waste as a source of creativity
Dezeen interview: space waste as a source of creativity
Read the Dezeen interview with Daan Roosegaarde about his new Space Waste Lab and space waste as a source of new creativity.
Space Waste Lab to launch in Almere
Space Waste Lab to launch in Almere
The living lab on how to up-cycle space waste opens with live performances connecting earth to space waste on October 5th in Almere, the Netherlands. Read our press release.