Launch Day Invitation | Trevor Paglen: Orbital Reflector

After almost three years in the making, Trevor Paglen’s Orbital Reflectorco-produced and presented by the Nevada Museum of Art, is finally launching into low Earth orbit! Trevor and the production team will be traveling to Santa Barbara, California, area in a couple of weeks to witness the launch of this historic artwork. Orbital Reflector is one of more than 70 satellites on what is known as the SSO-A Mission, operated by Spaceflight Industries and SpaceX, but the only satellite that exists purely as an artistic endeavor.

Altman Siegel and the team at the Nevada Museum and we would love for you to join us near Vandenberg Airforce Base to participate in this special occasion.




Launch Timing

It is anticipated that Orbital Reflector will launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Airforce Base (near Santa Barbara, California) on Monday, November 19, 2018 at 10:32 am PST. We are planning all activities for this day. To check the published launch schedule, please visit SpaceflightNow.


Launch Viewing

Location:                           Providence Landing Park: Clubhouse

697 Mercury Avenue, Lompoc, CA 93436

Details:                              Gathering Time / 9 am – 1 pm PST | Launch 10:32 am PST


Often, SpaceX reuses the rocket, re-landing the booster and attempting to catch the fairing in the Pacific Ocean. None of that has been, or will be, confirmed by SpaceX until the day of the launch via the press kit, which they will post on their website.  So, the launch viewing could be very quick, or take up to 2.5 hours, if an entire launch cycle (including liftoff and return to the launch pad).


Post-launch Celebration

Location:                           Hanger 7

107 W Ocean Ave

Lompoc, CA 93436

Details:                              Celebration / 1 pm – 3 pm

RSVP to by November 15 (please indicate whether you plan to attend the Viewing as well)

After the launch, friends, family, supporters, and media are invited to a casual gathering to celebrate the successful launch of Orbital Reflector aboard the SSO-A Spaceflight/SpaceX mission.




Need to Know

Potential Launch Delay

There is a possibility that the launch can be delayed by a day or so. If this happens, we will still gather at the above locations and times to conduct media interviews and celebrate. We can then return to the launch viewing gathering area on Tuesday morning to watch the launch, should such be necessary, though we will not have guaranteed access to the Clubhouse that day.


Once tracking is verified, you will be able to find Orbital Reflector by utilizing the star map on, and by downloading the sky-watching app Starwalk 2 to your mobile device.