Be My Satellite

I just read about this and thought I’d share this cool project that’s taking place now in LA:

http://bemysatellite.net/

From their website:

In the view of a satellite. . . you’re not even a pixel. BeMySatellite utilizes publicly available satellite information and turns it into a simple, daily, mission. We begin this with a simple approach, using the spatial pixel grid as a creative tool. Just like in digital camera photos, satellite images are made out of pixels. The pixels of satellite images relate to the spatial area. The more you fill each spatial pixel to create an image, the more likely you’ll be able to make a distinctive overhead mark.

Satellites that take photos of the Earth (earth observing satellites) circles around the low earth orbit (LEO). There are a total of 958 satellites, but the ones we will be focusing on for this project are the US commercial satellites that distribute images to the public domain like Google, Yahoo and Bing. They are: GeoEye-1, IKONOS, QuickBird, WorldView-1 and WorldView-2.

Our missions allow people to create unique overhead marks to be seen from the perspective of a satellite. You can increase your chances to appear by devoting 7 – 12 min daily when the satellite passes overhead. On a non-cloudy, you increase the chances even more. Avoid shadows!

Example Mission #–: Fill in 3 pixels (16” x 48”) for Geoeye-1 with anything in blue from 09:45–9:57AM on Wednesday, 02/22/2011

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