Simon Norfolk: Satellite

In a series of stunning images, photographer Simon Norfolk documents the life of a satellite, from manufacture and testing all the way to the launchpad

Ariane 5 rocket on the pad at the Guiana Space Centre carrying $700 million worth of satellites

In a series of stunning images, photographer Simon Norfolk documents the life of a satellite, from manufacture and testing all the way to the launchpad

I’ve loved Simon Norfolk’s for a long time so I was specially pleased to see that he had entered our Photography Annual this year with Satellite, a series of images commissioned by This is Real Art which document the life of an Astra satellite.

Two of these images made it into the Photography Annual helping it, I think, to become the strongest we have done. It’s wonderful to be able to show all these beautiful images in print, but there is a downside. Compared to online, there is a chilling permanence to print: get something wrong and that’s it. So it was with a sinking stomach that I noticed that we had managed to print Simon’s images at a lower resolution than they should have been. Everyone at CR apologises to him for this but there is an upside. We are going to run an extended selection of images from the Satellite series as our Monograph for the November issue.

This post is to give you a taster of what to expect. If you’d like to receive Monograph, please go here.

Part of the satellite production room; calibration and testing rigs, EADS Astrium, Toulouse

 

Emergency back-up power generation, SES Astra satellite guidance centre, Betzdorf, Luxembourg

 

Supercomputer cooling systems, SES Astra satellite guidance centre, Betzdorf, Luxembourg

 

Astra 3B undergoing testing in the anechoic chamber at EADS Astrium, Toulouse

 

The DINO Room in Betzdorf which controls all the satellite TV content being reflected by SES Astra’s satellites

 

The S5 Payload Preparation Facility where satellites are checked over before launch

 

Uplink antennae, Betzdorf, Luxembourg

 

The hydrazine fuel that powers the satellites is so poisonous it has to be loaded by workers wearing full space suits

 

Soyouz launch pad, Guiana Space Centre, Kourou, French Guiana

Project commissioned by This is Real Art. Creative director: Paul Belford.

Simon Norfolk is represented by Peter Bailey

More on the CR Photography Annual here

 

 

  • Epic.

  • Gavin

    Love Simon Norfolk, good to see some of his new stuff.
    If you get a chance to see one of his lectures – 100% go.

    Insane the depth of research and references he shows, like no other show and tell I’ve ever seen, most of it isn’t even about his work.

    Top bloke, great work, represent!

  • Jasmine Farahat

    Amazing images. I love when illuminating science becomes a muse for an artist. Even the footnotes add to the images. I find it very interesting that the fuel is extremely poisonous that they have to wear bio-hazard suits.

  • Who spotted the monkey?

  • Marc Atkinson

    Beautiful and interesting stuff. The guy’s got a great aesthetic, but the subjects are always intriguing too.

  • Gavin

    Monkey?

  • One of the best photographers out there. His work has so much presence.