Aerocene is an open-source, multi-disciplinary project that foregrounds the artistic and scientific exploration of environmental issues. In the wake of the Anthropocene, the project
Aerocene is a transdisciplinary artistic project, an invitation to shape a period of time.
a new epoch.
Aerocene, developed by Aerocene Foundation, manifests as a series of air-fuelled sculptures that will achieve the longest, emission-free journey around the world: becoming buoyant only by the heat of the Sun and infrared radiation from the surface of Earth. The sculpture floats without burning fossil fuels, without using solar panels and batteries; and without helium, hydrogen and other rare gases. Aerocene holds a message of simplicity, creativity and cooperation for a world of tumultuous geopolitical relations,reminding us of our symbiotic relationship with the Earth and all its species.
WORLDS FIRST FULLY-CERTIFIED AEROSOLAR FLIGHT
The Aerocene D-O AEC air-fuelled sculpture already successfully carried passengers without any use of propane for nearly three hours. This recent launch at the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, USA witnessed artist Tomás Saraceno achieving the World Record for the first, and the longest, purely solar-powered, certified, lighter-than-air tethered flight.
Collect your fossil-fuel-free ‘miles and more.’ Become part of the #flyforchange campaign and help build a new fleet of air-fuelled sculptures. Share one with your friends, and even start your own Pilot License course!
#liftedbythesun #aerocene #flysharing
filled ONLY WITH AIR, LIFTED ONLY BY THE SUN, CARRIED ONLY BY THE WIND
TOWARDS CLEAN AND SUSTAINABLE FUTUREs
DISCOVER HOW AEROCENE CONTRIBUTES TO THE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
*Available only for desktop versions at the moment
AEROCENE GLOBAL COMMUNITY MAP
AEROCENE EXPLORER: BETA VERSION
An open-source, Do-It-Together flying sculpture for solar-powered atmospheric exploration
OPEN CALL: BE IN THE FIRST AEROCENE EXPLORER MOVIE
SHARE A 1-MINUTE VIDEO OF YOUR AEROCENE EXPERIENCE
The Aerocene Explorer is a tethered-flight starter kit, which enables anyone to personally launch their own Aerocene solar sculpture and start exploring the skies. A tactile and engaging way to experience the Aerocene, the Explorer allows participants to take aerial photographs and videos and to collect atmospheric data using non-intrusive, emissions-free scientific exploration tools that measure air quality, temperature, humidity, and pressure.
The Aerocene Explorer is currently being tested and developed in beta version by a passionate global community of artists, geographers, philosophers, thinkers, speculative scientists, explorers, balloonists, and technologists, and other enthusiasts.
More information here
HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN AEROCENE EXPLORER
HOW AEROCENE CONTRIBUTES TO EDUCATION
Join the development of free fly predictor tracking and predicting the paths. Exercise your thermodynamic imagination.
Forecast the trajectory of the free-flight. – in the free highways of the jet streams.
Aerocene is a traveling sculpture that crosses frontiers between art and science: becoming a visionary open participatory platform of knowledge production and distribution. Aerocene Campus: join us in hacking the Anthropocene to create the Aerocene. Aerocene Flight Predictor: Help to develop Aerocene flight predictor further together with collaborators including MIT Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science Department (EAPS). Create a powerful graphical interface with intuitive user interaction that visualises forecast data and predicted flight paths. Imagine and prototype innovative user scenarios for Aerocene flight, potentially including mashups with other data sources. --Read more
A STEP AROUND THE WORLD
Inflated by air. Lifted by sunlight. Carried by the wind.
The project Aerocene is a collective endeavour that is being currently developed by a team, reunited under a non-profit organisation. Your donation makes further flights and artistic experiments possible and helps to keep the message in the air. The sculpture sets the road for the most sustainable and energy efficient vehicle humans have ever created.
Images from Aerocene flights around the world, from Germany to Poland - Aerocene traveled 500 km with the energy of sun heat Additional images from White Sands Dunes, New Mexico, US and Solomon Islands (TBA21 expedition). The project floats in the air without burning of fossil fuels, without the use of solar panels or batteries, and without using helium, hydrogen or other rare gases.
DIVE INTO THE AEROCENE
The Aerocene Newspaper
'Aerocene: Becoming Aerosolar' — A collaboration between Tomás Saraceno (Visiting Artist MIT), Leila Kinney (MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology), Lodovica Illari and Bill McKenna (MIT Department of Earth, Air and Planetary Sciences)
HOW AEROCENE REINVENTS WAYS OF MOVING, DWELLING AND BEING TOGETHER on planet earth
Aerocene seeks to establish the legal framework for footprint-free mobility means
Please sign this petition to change the rules of the air:
Join the action!
Aerocene is a fully open project that relies on worldwide social action and interaction and aims to mobilise groups of individuals to find multiple concrete solutions for our common environment, now and here on Earth. Aerocene is related to Cloud Cities, a project centered around the idea of cities in the sky. A speculative project by Tomás Saraceno.
Guess The Journey
Guess the trajectory and landing of where the sculpture will go! The next launch will take place in Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, and you can win an aerosolar sculpture by sending the coordinates of your prediction location.
Win a flight
Get lifted by the sun
So far only a few people have flown with aerosolar vehicles. Get lifted by the sun and feel the flow of the winds in one of the locations where we fly.
Propose a payload
Make a suggestion of a payload, what we should bring on our next flight, that weighs up to 5g. An advisory committee will select the best ideas and we will bring them with us!
A demonstration of the principles of aerocene
Contribute to cleaning the planet. Donate a plastic bag, and up-cycle for inovation.