DESIGN IN ORBIT.
PostlerFerguson, a London studio, designed these satellite models for Papafoxtrot.
I have the Spectr-R (second from the left) on a shelf in my studio. The packaging is superb.
Only the Cargo Capsule (below) seems to be available at the moment. http://papafoxtrot.com/cargo-capsule
A clip from “The Known Universe,” by the American Museum of Natural History. Click on the image to see the animation. Watch the full video here: https://goo.gl/1hK4WK
A 2015 satellite interactive from Quartz: https://qz.com/296941/interactive-graphic-every-active-satellite-orbiting-earth/
Infographic by Alberto Lucas López for the South China Morning Post (from 2014). Click on the image for a larger version.
Sputnik 1 was the first satellite, launched in 1957. The 23” diameter (58 cm) sphere sent out radio pulses for 22 days. This is a replica at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
The Vanguard 1 launched in 1958. It was the first solar-powered satellite, and although it’s mission ended in 1964, it’s still in orbit.
KalamSat, the smallest and lightest satellite, was launched last year. Designed by a high school team led by 18 year-old Rifath Sharook, and 3D printed, it flew a four-hour mission. Vital statistics: it’s 1.5″ (3.8 cm) wide and weighs 2.26 ounces (64 grams).
The International Space Station is the largest satellite.
It’s about the size of a U.S. football field.
Both images: NASA.