VISION OF THE MAGNETIC PLANET
Thursday · 25 July 2013 · 13:30hrs
Henri Coanda International Airport Bucharest
Calea Bucurestilor 224E · 075150 Otopeni
Rochus Aust · magnets/metal
Fosco Perinti · magnets/metal
Florian Zwissler · magnets/metal
When we look into the clear, starry sky and delight in the glow of the firmament, we rarely waste a single thought on the tons and tons of space junk populating the orbit. Highly dangerous smaller and larger parts of stranded satellites, space probes and rockets. The tools of our glorious occupation of weightlessness have gone astray, high velocity travellers on unpredictable orbits.
This makes it rather hard for the subsequent generations of cosmonauts, astro-biologists and telecommunications engineers to go about their work: a tiny orphaned screw, an insignificant heat-resistant tile and, just like that, the result of several weeks, months or years of work burns out, lost forever.
The Romanian vision pays homage to the Coanda-effect of its compatriot Henri Marie Coanda. As a pilot, physicist and aerodynamics engineer, Coanda observed phenomena to do with jets of gas and the movement of liquids on convex surfaces which, in the vision, are applied, the other way round, to a magnet. The latter collects the quasi passively flowing (flying) metal parts and keeps them safely attached. This will result in a new magnetic planet which depending on the length of time anticipated can potentially unite all the metal currently in orbiting in space. What has not quite been resolved is how this new magnetic planet will be able to make qualitative distinctions.