Space Marketing Inc
In 1993, the American company Space Marketing Inc issued a statement about the beginning of the creation of the “Space Classified Ads” with a size of half a mile per quarter mile (about one square kilometer). The billboard was planned to be made from sheets of metallized Mylar. It was supposed to be launched into a low orbit, and from Earth it would be half the size of the moon.
“If advertisers are willing to pay $ 1.7 million per minute of advertising time during the Super Bowl, then it’s even scary to imagine how much they will pay so that half of the world would see their ad within 15 days.” The costs were estimated at $ 20-25 million for the launch vehicle, plus the cost of materials and the design itself. More than a dozen companies have shown interest in this ad in connection with the upcoming 1996 Olympics.
Astronomer Karl Sagan and many other celebrities protested against this project - he would dramatically increase the amount of garbage in orbit. Environmentalists have threatened a national boycott with companies that have decided to advertise this way. In the same year, on the initiative of the US Congressman Ed Markey, a law was passed that prohibited US companies from advertising in space.The law was later edited to allow subsidies for space flights by advertising on the form of astronauts or spacecraft.