Hear Sounds from Satellites

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Ever wondered of the humongous number of satellites that are hovering overhead in space providing us all the facilities for communication and essentially keeping the global economy running? These satellites observe the weather conditions, the ocean currents, atmosphere and other factors to accumulate data that is beamed back to the station to track changes. But ever thought, how fascinating it would be to be able to hear the sounds being produced while the satellites are in research and operation. Using the NASA Orbit Pavilion that comes into action in September, 2019 will turn these research activities into sound. It’s a nautilus shaped structure and will enable you to hear all sounds of different earth satellites and space station as each of them has been assigned a particular sounds.

Nasa’s Project

With each instrument being given a sounds representing its mission like crashing wave and desert winds. Its trajectory upon its motion is reflection via the 28 surround sound speakers. It intrigues the listener’s ears and attracts a lot of audience with tons of satellites crossing over and the International Space Station taking 16 rotations of the Earth each day. It was the brainchild of the Studio at Jet Propulsion Laboratory that aims to make these fascinating space explorations open to public spaces.

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The Orbit Pavilion

The travelling NASA Orbit Pavilion experiences trajectories of about 19 satellites orbiting the Earth. It is made with 3,500 square feet of water jet cut aluminium panels and the pavilion has been scribed with more than 100 orbital paths being fixed and joined to the curve arrangements of the aluminium tube. The speakers have been arranged within a 30 foot diameter inner space and has been programmed by the artist behind the scenes broadcasting the sounds of different satellites in practical time.

The sculpture is sound proof where the surface perforation help the echo off the orbital path of the satellites that culminate at the oculus of the centre of the sound chamber to help manage the exterior noise by decreasing the wind loads on a very light structure. It had been inaugurated during the World Science Festival and has since been looking to expand its venture for bringing space explorations and happenings closer to the public.


Based among the palm trees at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens near Pasadena in California, you find this majestic and mysteriously light NASA orbit pavilion like a nautilus. According to the research, it helps to understand the activity and the Earth as a whole in a 17 foot tall structure. It presents a great opportunity for all the space enthusiasts and students to have a live overview of the sounds being produced and the action going on in the space while they are one the ground. It has been proudly supported by the JPL mark of NASA and has expanded its range and beaming to a great extent. It will also help in decoding space behaviour and patterns that a particular satellite discovers over a course of period by analysing its potency.