Trevor Paglenn’s “Space Sculpture” Remains Undeployed Due to Government Shutdown

January 23rd, 2019

Another arts project suffering from the US government shutdown is artist Trevor Paglen’s sculpture Orbital Reflector, which remains undeployed more than a month after it was launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.  “A division of the United States Air Force known as CSpOC is faced with the task of properly identifying each of those satellites so that they can be tracked as they orbit the earth,” says commissioning institution the Nevada Museum of Art. “Six weeks post-launch, that task is still not complete; only half of the satellites from the launch have been properly identified. Many of the satellites that launched together remain in a cluster and until they separate it is difficult to correctly identify each one.”

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