Space Waste Lab

Space Waste Lab

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 is the multi-year living lab with the European Space Agency and Studio Roosegaarde to capture space waste and upcycle it into sustainable products such Shooting Stars as alternative for polluting fireworks, 3D-printing of moon habitats, and a gigantic sun reflector to reduce climate change. The SPACE WASTE LAB PERFORMANCE visualises the space waste above your head real-time with beams of light.

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 with more than 2000 students participating.

SPACE WASTE LAB PERFORMANCE is a unique large outdoor artwork of LEDs and real-time tracking information to visualise space waste above your head on 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 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.

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 aspects aspect of technology, but the emotions involved in the struggle to preserve this environment for future generations.”

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.

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 waste used for 3D-printing of new moon societies
Space waste used for 3D-printing of new moon societies
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 first exhibited from 5 October 2018 until 19 January 2019 at Kunstlinie KAF in Almere, the Netherlands. Next to the SPACE WASTE LAB a dedicated education, films, talks and expo programme entitled "Space @ KAF" covered the wider context of space. You can listen to the SPACE WASTE LAB RADIO here.

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.

Space Waste Lab Symposium
Space Waste Lab Symposium
Our Space Waste Lab experts and more than 2000 students work with Daan Roosegaarde on future solutions for space waste.
Next phase Space Waste Lab: Shooting Stars
Next phase Space Waste Lab: Shooting Stars
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