Science Meets Design at Planetary Scale.

 

In the view of a satellite… you’re not even a pixel.


(each square indicates a pixel on a satellite image)

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.

 

This is one pixel of a GeoEye-1 satellite. It’s about 16 x 16 inches. The GeoEye-1 satellite is one of the image provider for Google satellite view:

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.

Example of not completely filled pixel vs nicely filled pixel:

Satellites that take photos of the Earth (earth observation 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

This is one pixel of an IKONOS satellite. It’s about 32 x 32 inches:

Satellites that acquire images that are at a slightly higher resolution than the IKONOS are:
Quickbird
(26 x 26″), WorldView-1 (26 x 26″), and WorldView-2 (19 x 19″)

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