at New York Air and Space Sale

Full Scale Sputnik-1 EMC/EMI Lab Model Price Realised: $847,500

The Air and Space Sale
27 Sep 2017
New York

New York− On September 27, The Air and Space Sale achieved US$1,221,888 and the top lot of the sale was a Full Scale Sputnik-1 EMC/EMI Lab Model, which realised $847,500.

Additional highlights included:
• $50,000 for a Neil Armstrong Apollo-Era Training Glove
• $25,000 for a Soviet LK-3 Lunar Lander Model
• $25,000 for a Russian KHOLOD 5D67 HFL Rocket Engine

About Sputnik-1 Lab Model:
This exceptionally rare vintage test model of the Sputnik-1 satellite is one of only three produced prior to the Sputnik-1 to test ground Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) and Electromagnetic Interference (AMI). There are only 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 artefact 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 pressurisation 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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