The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Friday, September 20, 2019


Bonhams to offer an exceptionally rare vintage test model of the Sputnik-1 satellite
SPUTNIK-1 EMC/EMI LAB MODEL Full scale vintage test model of the Sputnik-1 satellite, Moscow, [February 1957]. Estimate: $400,000-600,000. Photo: Bonhams.


NEW YORK, NY.- On September 17, Bonhams will hold The Air and Space Sale, which is highlighted by an exceptionally rare vintage test mode of the Sputnik-1 satellite (estimate: $400,000-600,000). This model is one of only a few made to test ground electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and electromagnetic interference (EMI). It was used by NII-885, a company under the Soviet Ministry of the Radio Industry, which, along with OKB-1, are responsible for the Sputnik-1 success. This example had been on loan and was displayed at Deutsches Technikmuseum in Berlin, Germany and was in the Collection of NII-885 director Dr. Mikhail Ryazansky.

Adam Stackhouse, Bonhams specialist, commented: “We are honored to bring this world-changing piece of history to auction. There are only a handful of known working examples of the Sputnik-1 and this one comes with excellent provenance.”

Sputnik-1
The Sputnik-1 artificial satellite was launched into Earth orbit by a R7 Semiorka rocket on October 4, 1957. The satellite had several scientific objectives: test the method of placing an artificial satellite in Earth orbit; provide information on the density of the upper atmosphere; test radio and optical methods of orbital tracking; determine the effects of radio propagation through the atmosphere; and check principles of pressurization used on satellites. Testing would have been rigorous as Sergei Korolov, the lead Soviet rocket engineer who headed the Sputnik-1 project, insisted that the transmission be received even by those with the cheapest of radios.

The successful launch of Sputnik-1 sent the United States population into a panic. In the midst of a cold war, the Soviets demonstrated that they had a rocket powerful enough to send a satellite into orbit. “There was a sudden crisis of confidence in American technology, values, politics, and the military. Science, technology, and engineering were totally reworked and massively funded in the shadow of Sputnik. The Russian satellite essentially forced the United States to place a new national priority on research science, which led to the development of microelectronics.... Many essential technologies of modern life, including the Internet, owe their early development to the accelerated pace of applied research triggered by Sputnik” (Dickson p.4). Dickson. Sputnik: The Shock of the Century. New York: Walker, [2001].

Additional highlights in the sale include:

· CIAM/NASA HFL Kholod rocket, once the fastest vehicle to fly within the earth's atmosphere (estimate: $80,000-120,000)

· Lavochkin V-751 Surface-to-Air Missile, an experimental missile that was part of the family of missiles used in Lavochkin's S-75 high-altitude air defense system (estimate: $50,000-70,000)

· A hand-crafted lunar module contractor's model marked with Grumman and NASA logos, and titled “Lunar Excursion Module” (estimate: $6,000-8,000)






Today's News

August 19, 2019

A new species of giant penguin has been identified from fossils

Peabody Essex Museum invites visitors to participate in a meditative sculptural installation by Kimsooja

Bonhams to offer an exceptionally rare vintage test model of the Sputnik-1 satellite

Arts Minister stops export of Pre-Raphaelite work

This summer at Storm King artist Mark Dion reimagines the landscape with "Follies"

Toronto Biennial of Art announces 2019 participating artists

Hippies young and old keep the 'real Woodstock' flame alive

Virtual Reality immerses visitors at Norman Rockwell Museum

Corrine Colarusso's "Twilight: paintings on view at Georgia Museum of Art

The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Bordeaux hosts the exhibition Memphis - Plastic Field

Middle East Institute to launch gallery for contemporary Middle Eastern Art

Watts Gallery opens the first exhibition in more than 40 years to explore the art of John Frederick Lewis

New art center to launch at a renovated industrial heritage site on the shores of Tallinn Bay

CHART presents an ambitious design programme for 2019

Heide Museum of Modern Art opens a solo show of works by George Egerton-Warburton

Unseen Amsterdam announces participating galleries

The Frye Art Museum appoints Michelle Cheng Director of Education & Community Partnerships

Jeu de Paume commissions an immersive video installation by Ben Thorp Brown

OKCMOA names Michael J. Anderson, Ph.D., Interim President & CEO

An expansive exhibition surveys more than 75 artists' books by conceptual artist Sol LeWitt

Opera's 'New Callas' charts her life on Instagram

FIAC announces 2019 exhibitor list

Sharjah Architecture Triennial announces venues and opening dates for inaugural edition

Rebirth: Kang Muxiang exhibition features six large-scale sculptures

My top tips for displaying your artwork

How CBD Can Make You a Better Artist

South African Scrap Metal Artists Gives Hope to Troubled Youth

The 10 Coolest Websites for Learners

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Holocaust 'masterpiece' causes uproar at Venice film festival

2.- To be unveiled at Sotheby's: One of the greatest collections of Orientalist paintings ever assembled

3.- Bender Gallery features paintings by up and coming Chicago artist Michael Hedges

4.- Lévy Gorvy exhibits new and historic works by French master in his centenary year

5.- Artificial Intelligence as good as Mahler? Austrian orchestra performs symphony with twist

6.- Fascinating new exhibition explores enduring artistic bond between Scotland and Italy

7.- Exhibition explores the process of Japanese-style woodblock production

8.- Robert Frank, photographer of America's underbelly, dead at 94

9.- The truth behind the legend of patriot Paul Revere revealed in a new exhibition at New-York Historical Society

10.- Hitler bust found in cellar of French Senate



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 



Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful