FULL SCALE SPUTNIK-1 EMC/EMI LAB MODEL
Lot 52W
FULL SCALE SPUTNIK-1 EMC/EMI LAB MODEL
Sold for US$ 847,500 inc. premium

The Air and Space Sale

27 Sep 2017, 13:00 EDT

New York

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FULL SCALE SPUTNIK-1 EMC/EMI LAB MODEL FULL SCALE SPUTNIK-1 EMC/EMI LAB MODEL FULL SCALE SPUTNIK-1 EMC/EMI LAB MODEL
FULL SCALE SPUTNIK-1 EMC/EMI LAB MODEL
A full scale vintage test model of the Sputnik-1 satellite, serial number "0K6-1/002/1957", with live transmitter (modern 12 volt power supply included). Polished aluminum sphere with 4 external antennae, approximately 23 inches in diameter on manganese brass stand with anti-static o-ring, stand approximately 57 inches (1,448 mm) tall, stand and model together approximately 78 inches (1,981 mm) tall, weighing approximately 100 lbs. Produced at the OKб-1[OKB-1], the Experimental Design Bureau-1 factory, also known as the S. P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia in 1957, sometime prior to the launch of the Sputnik-1. Complete with vintage Tesla Maj 620A broadcast receiver, approx 24 x 18 x 13 inches (610 x 457 x 330 mm), weighing 42 lbs, made in Prague c. 1955-56.
Provenance: From the collection of Heinz Miller, Austria.

Exceptionally rare vintage test model of the Sputnik-1 satellite, one of only a few made to test ground Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) and Electromagnetic Interference (AMI) testing. There are only a handful of known vintage replicas of the Sputnik-1: three in private hands (including one sold in these salerooms in 2016), one just outside Moscow at the Energia Corporate Museum, and one at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington which does not have the internal components of that at Energia Corp. An impressive artifact from the dawn of the space age.

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. Sputnik-1 was visible around the globe and anyone with a shortwave receiver could pick up its signal. The American Sputnik crisis and the birth of the Space Race were by-products of its launch.
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