Get ready! This Saturday, 4 March at sunrise (6:46 a.m., UTC+01:00) at Schönfelde, in Steinhöfel (Brandenburg), Germany – provided the weather is favourable – Aerocene will take to the skies once again!
Scheduled for lift off: a highly transparent, free-floating aerosolar sculpture!
During our previous journey, the Aerocene Gemini floated to a highest altitude of 16,283 m (53,422 ft) and traveled a distance of of 605 km! You can view a report of that launch here.
Let's see how far Aerocene can float this time! Each Aerocene sculpture floats sustainably, without burning any fossil fuels, helium, hydrogen, or other rare gases – using only the power of the sun, air, and wind currents.
On launch day we will be also be experimenting with new solutions for geo-fencing and cut-down mechanisms, provided by Alexander Bouchner from IAK-Braunschweig.
If you would like to join us in person, keep checking this page for updates or write to us at email@example.com.
We thank the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum in Ludwigshafen for supporting this action on the occasion of Tomás Saraceno's solo exhibition Aerosolar Journeys, which we cordially invite you to visit.
We are all very excited to lift-off with you once again, as Aerocene steadily journeys “Around the World," one float at a time. Let's exercise our thermodynamic imagination.
pre-launch: Before the 4th of March lift off, you can take part in these activities
Forecast the landing point
Step 1 GUESS the landing point
Step 2 PIN your guess on this MAP
Step 3 WRITE your NAME and EMAIL address on your guess in the space provided. (Latest possible forecast: 04:00 UTC on Saturday, 4 March.) The closest guess (within a minimum of 20 km) will win a prize.
PROPOSE A PAYLOAD*
What would you carry onboard an Aerocene sculpture? Propose your payload by making your suggestion (up to 1 Kg) on the MAP, after guessing your landing point.
(*payload = the amount (in weight) that can be carried by a sculpture up into the sky)
PLAN YOUR JOURNEY
with the Aerocene Float Predictor
After you've guessed the landing point and thought of a payload, try out the Aerocene Float Predictor and see how far the winds will take you!
The Aerocene Flight Predictor is a global forecasting system that utilises open meteorological data to predict the flight paths of Aerocene solar flying sculptures. Shown are 6-hour tracks for floating sculptures, computed using 16-day wind forecast data from the US NOAA Global Forecast System.
Trajectory computations and visualizations by Glenn Flierl, Lodovica Illari, Bill McKenna of the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in collaboration with Tomás Saraceno, Visiting Artist at the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST).
THE WEATHER FORECAST
Every Aerocene launch is entirely weather dependent. The current weather forecast for 4 March looks to be partly cloudy with some sun (5°-14°C), with wind speeds of 10-20 km/hr. The launch is on for tomorrow morning!
If the weather should prohibit us from launching, we will reschedule to another date (alternate dates: 5-6 March, or the following weekend 11-12 March). The location for this launch was selected because it falls outside the air traffic control zone in Berlin, which is necessary due to local air traffic regulations.
FREE FLOAT JOURNEYS
*Event is weather dependent