Thomas King Observatory Residency

Residency, Thomas King Observatory, Botanic Gardens, Wellington, New Zealand, 01.11.17

A residency at the Thomas King Observatory, Wellington.

The Thomas King Observatory is an old 1912 observatory that is part of the Carter Observatory complex in Wellington’s botanic gardens that is no longer used to house a telescope. Starting in Nov 2017 I have been using the observatory as a space to develop a satellite ground station for use tracking the pico satellite used in The Weight of Information. A new launch of Kicksat which caries the TWOi satellite is scheduled for July 2018 so the ground station is currently being tested in advance of this next orbital attempt. Kicksat sprite test satellites have been attached to the outside of 2 other satellites, Max Vallier and Venta 1 and these are currently in orbit and transmitting (as of Nov 2017). Signals from these satellites are being used to test the operation and sensitivity of the TWOi grounds station. The 2018 Weight of Information launch will be accompanied by a new series of public events in 2018.

The residency is kindly supported by The Wellington Museums Trust and The Carter Observatory. Forthcoming TWOi events are kindly supported by Wellington City Council Public Art Fund.