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 GOES-EAST, a NOAA geostationary spacecraft. By looking through the viewport of the radiotelescope, the viewer is aligned with the satellite—you are looking directly at the spacecraft which is looking back down at you on Earth. GOES-EAST is located in geostationary orbit 22,236 miles away—far enough that it can see Earth in entirety. The viewport on the station’s structure shows high-resolution images recently sent by the satellite, including full-disk images, images of the northern hemisphere, and other data.
Go GOES Radiotelescope will be operational on the Tufts University Medford campus as part of TuftsPUBLIC: Wave Farm-in-Residence, a program of yearlong art projects designed for public spaces on campus outside formal galleries. Dates: September 27, 2018, on the plaza outside Aidekman Arts Center, with an artist talk by Heidi Neilson at 12:15 PM, and in April/May of 2019 TBA.
Go GOES Radiotelescope uses open source software developed by Lucas Teske of the Open Satellite Project and GOES Tools developed by Pieter Noordhuis, and was created with support from SPACES (Cleveland, OH) and debuted there during a residency and solo exhibition ‘Ground Station – Cleveland’ September 25, 2017 – January 12, 2018.