UPDATE: Two New EAR1 Missions Scheduled for 2015

EAR1 SA-X Lander crop

The EAR1 Project is currently in the development stage of two new Earth Vehicles (EVs). These two art/object-science/instruments are slated to launch in the second and third quarters of 2015. The new EAR1 SA-X Lander will explore remote areas of drought stricken deserts on Earth. It is is powered by three solar panels. Onboard the instrument are 7 sensors, including contact and condenser microphones, temperature sensor, CO2 sensor, and a moister probe, all of which are designed to listen to the environment and access the viability and evidence of alternate ecological perception. Above is an image of the EAR1 SA-X Lander near completion. Photo courtesy of The EAR1 Project Mission Control.

“This planet is not terra firma. It is a delicate flower and it must be cared for. It’s lonely. It’s small. It’s isolated, and there is no resupply. And we are mistreating it. Clearly, the highest loyalty we should have is not to our own country or our own religion or our hometown or even to ourselves. It should be to, number two, the family of man, and number one, the planet at large. This is our home, and this is all we’ve got.”

— Scott Carpenter, Mecury 7

EAR1 Project’s second mission involves a near space vehicle.(NSV) (See artist rendering below) The Remote Station Satellite mission is equipped with four contact microphone antennae designed to record the ambient sound. The vehicle (sculpture) will draw and record a sound line from terra firma to the stratosphere (about 125,000ft) The Remote Station Satellite will be launched to this altitude by it’s transport vehicle (weather balloon) and will take approximately 90 minutes to reach its maximum altitude. Also onboard will be a CO2 sensor continually translating carbon dioxide levels, PPM (Parts Per Million) into sound data. Cameras will collect Overview Effect images. The project is currently looking at two sites, one in Nevada and one in New Mexico, in which to launch the mission. Photo courtesy of The EAR1 Project Mission Control.