Orbit, by JPL

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory a research and development center working with NASA and CalTech. But even rocket scientists recognize the importance of design. Thus is born ‘The Studio,’ a team of designers that works with the engineers at JPL. ‘Orbit’ is an outside installation developed by ‘The Studio.’ It is shaped like a shell, and creates a soundscape for attendees to enter inside and “listen to the movement of NASA’s satellites as they pass across the sky above you.” The sounds generated vary from human voice to ocean sounds to a frog croaking– each one representing the goals of various missions.

It’s an interesting concept. One of aerospace engineers’ primary goals is to reduce, if not entirely eliminate, sound, or even any perception of their creations in the sky. ‘Orbit’ seems to challenge that entirely.


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