Voyager

Material: aluminium, steel, brass, carbon, drive belt, electronics, sensors, stepper motors, motor drivers, arduino
Size: Size: 10 x 8 x 30cm
Year: 2015


These two objects point to seemingly arbitrary corners. They are obviously built to move but at a glance no motion is apparent. But slowly their angles and positions change, following invisible objects in space.
Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 were launched back in 1977, built to flyby and investigate the outer solar system. The two identical space probes have exceeded all expectations and have traveled further then any other men-made objects. In 2012 Voyager 1 even entered interstellar space, a previously unexplored region of our universe. By now its distance is approx. 19.803.550.000 km from earth, while Voyager 2 is approx. 16.219.656.900 km away from us (dated 1st September 2015).
The two works track and follow the two Voyagers in relation to their current location on earth and in space. Objectively from the sun the Voyagers hardly alter their trajectories although they travel at a speed of 17 km/s. But due to the earth’s rotation around itself and around the sun, the subjective relation of the two cursors on earth to the probes in space change continuously.





Voyager 1 rendering of the space probe launched in 1977





with quadrature