The Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellite, launched in 2009, aims to study terrestrial moisture and ocean salinity. Additionally, it records crucial data on ice and snow accumulation, providing valuable information to enhance predictions of extreme weather conditions.
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The scale replica serves as an impressive visual representation of the satellite and it is suspended from the ceiling in the SMOS control room at ESAC. This room plays a crucial role in the command testing phase before instructions are sent to the satellite in orbit, as they also have a functional replica to work with on Earth. ESA uses this mission duplicate to ensure the precision and safety of instructions sent to SMOS.
This project is just one of the many examples of extraordinary models created by the Nubalo Studios team. In addition to the SMOS model, their portfolio includes other space missions; a replica of the Gateway space station, recently exhibited at the Lunar Museum in Fresnedillas de la Oliva, with additional modules to be added soon; as well as models of the most significant rockets in the history of space exploration, also on display at the Lunar Museum.
Nubalo also offers the possibility to commission scale models, allowing the fascination with space exploration to reach a broader audience and the public. On the Space Shop website, enthusiasts can explore and, if desired, request their own scaled space mission through the contact form to have a unique and detailed representation of the technological marvel that is space exploration, with various design options, including all kinds of details and customizations.