Aerocene sculptures the 51 Pegasi b, Schellin, and an Explorer Trio all rose into the sky above Schönfelde, Germany on 4 March 2017. The Pegasi and the Schellin both floated untethered all the way into Poland! This Aerocene launch was made possible with support from the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum. Full launch report here>>
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.
The Aerocene project has long been a big fan of the flight prediction tool predict.habhub.org, developed by Cambridge University Spaceflight and used by amateur balloonists around the world to predict the landing sites of their balloons. In November we were very happy to finally meet Adam Greig, Daniel Richman and Jamie Wood of CUSF who joined our latest Hack at the Imperial College Advanced Hackspace at Exhibition Road in London.
In late November 2016, inspired by the experience of the first Aerocene Hack, the Aerocene project returned to Exhibition Road for further and deeper exploration of possible futures inspired by the Aerocene Explorer. The Aerocene Campus extended the invitation for collaborative hacking to interventions and discussions from an artistic, social, philosophical as well as technological perspective. Participants of the second Aerocene Hack - young scientists, designers, and developers - new and returning members of the Aerocene family - were invited to join in these discussions before settling into the Imperial College Advanced Hackspace (ICAH) for a session of ideation and prototyping.
Aerocene together with Exhibition Road institutions announce an open call for a second collaborative hack to imagine and prototype the future of the Aerocene Explorer. We are looking for developers, designers, artists, data scientists, and creative technologists. Aerocene is an open-source project for artistic and scientific exploration which centers around the Aerocene Explorer, an evolving air-fuelled sculpture for personal exploration of the air.