Disco Ball Satellite Is Now Orbiting Around Earth

Posted: Jan 26 2018, 10:35am CST | by , in Latest Science News


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Disco Ball Satellite is Now Orbiting Around Earth
Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck is pictured with his satellite "Humani ty Star."

The satellite is believed to be the brightest object in the night sky

New Zealand successfully launched its first rocket into the orbit on Sunday. The 57-feet long rocket was carrying three small commercial satellites – one to take images of Earth and two to capture weather and ship tracking data. The rocket reached Earth’s orbit few minutes after the take off.

On Wednesday, New Zealand-based company announced that they have successfully deployed one of those satellites and it is now orbiting around the Earth.

The satellite named “Humanity Star” looks like a huge disco-ball and is so shinny that it will be the brightest object in the night sky. The satellite spins rapidly and is expected to complete an orbit around Earth every 90 minute. It is made from carbon fiber and has 65 highly reflective panels that will reflect sunlight back to Earth. People might see the giant disco ball shinning at the night sky.

“No matter where you are in the world, or what is happening in your life, everyone will be able to see the Humanity Star in the night sky,” Peter Beck, the founder of the company Rocket Lab that launched the satellite said in a statement.

"My hope is that all those looking up at it will look past it to the vast expanse of the Universe and think a little differently about their lives, actions and what is important for humanity."

The launch of the rocket marks the beginning of a new era for New Zealand in space industry. With that, New Zealand has become just the 11th country to send a rocket into orbit. The company conducted its first launch in May last year, but the rocket failed to reach the orbit due to communication glitch.

"Reaching orbit on a second test flight is significant on its own, but successfully deploying customer payloads so early in a new rocket program is almost unprecedented.” Beck said.

The newly launched satellite will continue orbiting Earth for about nine months before it reenters the Earth atmosphere and burns up.

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