WORLD'S FIRST & LONGEST FULLY SOLAR POWERED MANNED FLIGHT
White Sands, New Mexico, 2015
On November 8 2015, the D-O AEC lifted up 7 passengers without any propane, hovering for about 2 hours & 55 minutes achieving two world records.
THE AEROCENE BACKPACK
an open-source flying kit that can teach you how to become aerosolar
The Aerocene Backpack is a kit enclosing a lighter-than-air sculpture that flies just with the heat of the sun. Once inflated with air, it elevates into the sky, becoming a flying sculpture, a balloon that rises into the air without any use of fossil fuels, helium or hydrogen. It is sent aloft as a signal that calls for the deconstruction of aerial borders and the preservation of our air. It contains several sensors that capture atmospheric data such as temperature, humidity, pressure and air quality. Its users are invited to appropriate it and to improve its functionalities. It is a sculpture that is always evolving through an ongoing, collective and open process of construction, a poetic tool for imagining a new era without fossil fuels and new ways of decarbonizing the atmosphere through the removal of particulate matter.
Providing a message of simplicity, the Aerocene Backpack uses the thermodynamic balance of the atmosphere to know more about the ocean of air we live in, encouraging the re-appropriation of digital and electronic technologies by local communities and strengthening a DIT (Do-It-Together) and open-source participative ethos.
Like all Aerocene sculptures, the Aerocene Backpack sculpture lifts off ground only using the heat from the sun, and floats without burning fossil fuels, helium, and other rare gases.
WHAT CAN I DO WITH THE BACKPACK?
The Aerocene Backpack is currently being tested and developed by a passionate global community of artists, geographers, philosophers, thinkers, speculative scientists, explorers, balloonists, and technologists, and other enthusiasts.
Have you floated with the Explorer? Share your experience with us! Write to email@example.com.
FLIGHTS & EXPERIMENTS
See how people launch, hack and experiment with Aerocene sculptures!
Notes from Palais de Tokyo: Looking Skywards with our Next Generation of Creators
Children. Give them some materials, some space in and they will create their own worlds to completely immerse themselves within in no time. They take what you give them and use it as material to weave brilliant worlds of imagination.
Marble breeze x Aerocene Workshop
Together with Aerocene, thr34d5 has invited 15 participants to a free experimental workshop from Nov. 19th to 25th 2018, in the context of Tomás Saraceno‘s Carte Blanche exhibition in Palais de Tokyo, Paris.
From open data de-encryption to measurement instrument making, the Marble Breeze reveals itself at its many scales and shapes.
NEW RECORD! FIRST AEROCENE HUMAN FLIGHT IN FRANCE
On Saturday 27.10.2018, Aerocene community established a new worldwide record, 6 passengers were buoyant with the air for approx 80 min without using ANY propane, discerning itself from all other certified solar crafts in existence. Together, Aerocene community achieved the acknowledgement for the first fully solar-powered human flight in history, and in France, 235 years after the Montgolfier brothers fossil fueled flight.
Free Flight at Schönfelde
Last Saturday, 9th of June 2018, two Aerocene sculptures were released in a free flight and later kindly tracked, found and retrieved by Polish radio-amateurs from Radiosondy Polska. At 9 am, over 40 Aerocene community members joined together to celebrate the launch of the book ‘Aerocene’.
INFLAMABLE HAS A VOICE
On Sunday 8th of July 2018, Aerocene Foundation in collaboration with Sembrando Juntos Community Center, ACIJ and Blog Proyecto Riachuelo held a day of thought and reflection with Aerocene aerosolar balloon flights at Villa Inflamable. In addition to the residents of Inflamable, we were joined by a documentary team from Universidad 3 de Febrero and the community TV channel that covers the shanty towns of Buenos Aires, Urbana Te Ve.
Esperance & Perth Explorer Flights
A duo of first ever Australian Aerocene Explorer flights took place in the last week of 2017 and the first week of 2018. The flight in Esperance was a true testament to the ability of the wind, with a strong onshore south-westerly typical to the area, the flight was equal parts battle and dance with the wind in an attempt to gain some lift from the sun and record some aerial footage of the beautiful coastal landscape.
Aerocene Explorer flies over the CCCB
Only one day before the closing of ‘After the End of the World’, an exhibition about the Earth of 2017 (irreversibly transformed into the Anthropocene planet after two centuries of human impact on natural systems) and how we will reach the world of the latter half of the 21st century.
Aerocene Explorer Performance and Interactive Display @ MIT, Killian Court and Memorial Lobby, April 20th and 21st
The sky was painted a crystal blue, and from all corners of MIT, people strolled out in shorts and sunglasses. Meanwhile, a gigantic black balloon was floating on Killian Lawn. Animated by what could only be described as an otherworldly force, the object writhed midair.
SUSURRUS MEETS AEROCENE IN DRESDEN
Dresden, German: March 5th 2018
Performers Renae Shadler and Maria Nurmela launched an Explorer Sculpture on the courtyard of Hellerau Festival Theatre to get inspired for their research.The core of the ‘Susurrus’ project is to encourage environmental awareness through a sensual journey that encourages audiences to sense their embeddedness within the biosphere.
Aerocene San Luis - Expedition Logbook
November 2nd 2017 - January 8th 2018
We share a sneak peak of our adventures in the province of Argentina, where we tried some air-water-air experiments with Aerosolar Sculptures and learnt from the atmosphere by attempting to launch the first ever solar free-flight balloon in Argentina.
DIVE INTO THE AEROCENE
READ FURTHER INTO THE INSIGHTS OF THE CONTRIBUTORS OF The Aerocene Newspaper
'Air Crafted Architecture' — Pierre Chabard
'Saraceno's Model of Models: The Magnificence of Aerocene' — Kiel Moe
'High Altitude, Low Opening (H.A.L.O.)' — Sanford Kwinter
'Up' — Bronislaw Szerszynski
'The fixed and flowing air' — Oliver Morton
'On the Political Influence of the Sun' — Boris Groys
'Piloting the Aerocene' — Derek McCormack
'I bind the Sun's throne with a burning zone*' — Olivier Michelon
'Tianhe 天河区: Parables of the Celestial River — Jol Thomson and Sasha Engelmann
'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)
'Alter-engineered Worlds' — Nicholas Shapiro