When Scotland’s first satellite is scheduled to be launched into orbit this fall, it will do so with a load of high-tech equipment to conduct experiments and a piece of humorous artwork created by the owners of an Echo Park gallery and production company.
Jon Gibson and Amanda White of iam8Bit were selected by Clyde Space, a Scottish aerospace company and micro satellite builder, to come up with a creative element for what will be Scotland’s first satellite, UKube-1, that will soar into space in late October onboard a Russian rocket.
Gibson and White proposed turning the Ukube-1 into a “Celestial Charging Station,” according to a story by Associated Press. A side panel of the shoe box-sized satellite was etched with artwork that invites space travelers to plug in for a quick charge. Said Gibson:
“If someone is going to invade our planet, presumably they’re going to come in some sort of electronic, electricity-powered ship,” Gibson notes whimsically. “Maybe this will make them stop for a moment and say, ‘These guys are nice. We’re not going to destroy their planet.'”