Space Startup Rocket Lab Secretly Launched A Giant Disco Ball On Its Latest Test Flight - Laughing-Colours.com

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January 31, 2018

Space Startup Rocket Lab Secretly Launched A Giant Disco Ball On Its Latest Test Flight

US-based spaceflight startup Rocket Lab put three commercial satellites into orbit this past weekend.

However, it seems the company was also secretly launching something else on the same vehicle.
Image courtesy: Rocket Lab
IMAGES COURTESY: ROCKET LAB
The Electron rocket also put into orbit a mysterious satellite made by CEO Peter Beck during the same launch. For some reason, it turns out that payload was a giant disco ball.
Rocket Lab announced the successful launch today, saying the Humanity Star, as the oversized club ornament is being called, will become the “brightest thing in the night sky.” It’s a 3-foot-wide carbon fiber sphere made up of 65 panels like the facets on a diamond. There’s a purpose to that design because the probe’s only job is to be seen from Earth. That’s it.
The company says the probe is so bright people can see it in the nighttime sky with the naked eye. It’s constantly spinning so the reflected light should flash, and its orbit will take it all over the Earth, meaning it’ll be visible from different locations at different times.Rocket Lab has even set up a website so you can track Humanity Star’s location in real time.
Supposedly, Rocket Lab’s goal with the new probe is to “create a shared experience for all of humanity”. “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,” Beck said to the press. “Our hope is that everyone looking at the Humanity Star 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.” Basically, it’s supposed to be a giant, flashing Khumbaya in the sky.
Humanity Star’s launch was apparently kept secret because Rocket Lab wanted to first see if the test launch would work. But they don’t expect it to be around forever. In about nine months, they expect its orbit to decay and for it to fall back to Earth. In the meantime, you probably want to get out there and see this thing.

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