Space exploration has always fascinated people. While companies like SpaceX or NASA help bring that concept of space closer to us, it still seems so far away. In fact, when you look up at the sky, there are thousands of satellites roaming around our planet. You might be lucky to find a few blinking in the dead of night, but that’s probably about it. If you’re a fan of all things space, you might like Tinyspacecraft, the world’s first desk satellite. This device has electric components aesthetically assembled to create a 3-dimensional object.
Creators Thomas Raynal and Pierrick Chevron were both university students who were just playing around with freeform. They wanted to create a business where they could devote all of their time to creating and selling one-of-a-kind decorative items inspired by science. By providing assembly kits for the Tinyspacecraft, they want to enable anybody to create them eventually.
Bringing a piece of space to your desk
Without the use of traditional circuit boards or batteries, Tinyspacecraft takes a new view on sustainable art and clean energy. Generally created from wires, LEDs, and solar panels, these satellites are hand-assembled and are energy-autonomous. It uses light from its environment to generate and blink its own lights. The team took three months to perfect the product’s design, materials, flashing patterns, and energy consumption. These little satellites were made to sit in a corner of your room, on your desk, on a shelf, or hung by your window.
Tinyspacecraft is slated for release by Christmas and is currently taking pre-orders on Kickstarter. Though they are only starting with three types of satellites, the team promises to create bigger things if they reach their goal. What we can look forward to are larger sculptures, new designs, a different theme, and possibly a DIY assembly kit.
YouTube: TINYSPACECRAFT – DESK SATELLITE
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