LOS ANGELES—It has been more than 50 years since the first astronauts made their trips to space, and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is providing some more insight into what it was like during the first missions of the Mercury and Gemini programs with help from Electrosonic. The company has provided AV installation, integration and show programming for the new Heroes & Legends attraction, which features the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame(r), presented by Boeing.
Part of the new attraction includes projection of a media presentation using ceiling-mounted Christie DWU851-Q projectors. There is also the 4D multi-sensory theater that Electrosonic contributed to for the “Through the Eyes of a Hero” presentation. The theater houses 14 Christie Boxer 4K30 projectors in stereo pairs to project a 220-degree screen to display a star field. The Christie Boxers were outfitted by Electrosonic with custom Jenoptik lenses to accommodate the projectors’ placement close to the screen surface, as well as the shape of the screen itself.
The Christie DWU851-Q projectors are also used for displaying a world map of John Glenn’s first orbital flight in 1962 and for a VFX display of the Gemini IX-A capsule; one side shows the inside of the capsule, while the other depicts a spacewalk performed by Gene Ceman.
The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame also features Electrosonic technology, including five Christie DWU951-Q projectors for a 10-foot diameter cylindrical rear-screen projection surface. A 70-inch NEC monitor is also part of the displays.
Electrosonic configured a single control room with a row of five full-size Middle Atlantic MRK series equipment racks for the project, and employed a range of 7th Sense media servers, including Delta 2, Nano and Nucleus units; two custom Infinity servers were used for the 4D theater as well.