Go GOES Radiotelescope, 2017. Satellite dish and support structures, electronics, software, portable viewport, chair
Go GOES Radiotelescope is a portable station for receiving images and weather information from NOAA geostationary spacecraft, and is part of the exhibition Ground Station – Cleveland at SPACES in Cleveland, Ohio, on view November 17, 2017 through January 12, 2018.
By sitting in the chair and looking through the viewport of the radiotelescope, the viewer is aligned with the GOES geostationary satellite located 22,236 miles away. The viewer is looking directly at the spacecraft which is looking back down at you on Earth. Through the viewport, data transmissions are seen in the form of images and graphics collected by GOES-13, when the Go GOES Radiotelescope was positioned at the outdoor studio of sculptor John Ranally, on Lorain Avenue in Ohio City, Cleveland, between October 31 and November 12, 2017. The radiotelescope received satellite transmissions using Neilson’s custom-built system that decodes, demodulates, and configures the transmisions into images via open-source software developed by the Open Satellite Project.
These are some of the last transmissions from GOES-13, which has served as GOES-EAST since 2010, providing weather images and information used widely in weather reporting and forecasting. GOES-16 will replace GOES-13 as GOES-EAST in December 2017 and GOES-13 will be moved to a storage location in geostationary orbit, and eventually a bit further out, into ‘graveyard orbit’.
Go GOES Radiotelescope was created specifically to determine the relative position of gallery visitors in Cleveland to GOES-13 at a specific moment in time. Neilson is planning future events where members of the public can view the satellite transmissions, translated into images, in real time.