The antenna from another resembles a metallic honeycomb.
But the satellite that most intrigues
Called MOUSE (Minimum Orbital Unmanned Satellite Earth), it was proposed by a
"It was an interesting attempt at a satellite that could have beat the Soviets to space," said Simons, director of the
The museum is displaying models of MOUSE, as well as
"We've just been putting things in there as we get them," Simons said.
The museum received
The final third of the money still has to be raised, but he's confident the exhibit will open on time. The costs are mostly in design, since the satellite items are donated.
"Satellites: Transforming Our Lives" will be in a 36-by-36-foot hall and focuses on commercial applications of the orbiting objects, rather than
The exhibit will include solar panels and other pieces of actual satellites, models of several others, informational panels and a video. "People will get a real sense of how they're constructed," Simons said.
The purpose is to show how pervasive satellites are in the world.
"We all remember when we had to rely on maps," Simons said. "We don't need to do that anymore."
Satellites are involved with everything from GPS technology to weather surveillance. Stock trades and even time is dependent on them.
"We take them for granted," said
Museum visitors already are impressed.
"It's really amazing, they go from the development of electronics to stuff like this."
Two of the models in the finished exhibit will be a globe with orbiting satellites that will hang from a wall, and a 30-foot-long satellite hanging from the ceiling, Petitti said.
The project is "a blast" to work on, but also challenging because it incorporates aspects of graphic design, architecture, furniture design, lighting and engineering, he said. The objective is to have an exhibit that is engaging and educational.
"They have an interesting museum up there," Petitti said. "We're hoping the satellite exhibit gets them some more attention."
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