Harkness Screens Lift Off at Kennedy Space Center

The viewer is completely engulfed.
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NASA's latest attraction at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, "Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted," incorporates live theatre, interactive experiences and large-scale multimedia presentations to display what the future of space travel may look like.

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"Explorers Wanted," a twice-an-hour multimedia presentation, with live host, about recent discoveries and the future of space exploration.

BRC Imagination Arts, designer and producer of immersive experiences, needed screens and frames to match the awesome project; it turned to Harkness Screens.

With four custom-shaped trapezoidal Harkness Contrast Grey front projection screens flying above the stage and two large main stage rear projection screens, the viewer is completely engulfed. The main stage 16:9 Harkness Translite Super Grey 14x7.8-feet rear projection screen was also custom designed to fit into a scenic LED bezel.

The second standard shaped Harkness Translite Super Grey rear projection screen, which is located to the right of the stage, measures in at approximately 12.5-by-12.5 feet. A scenic bezel is used to make a 12-foot-diameter circular viewing area. The "Your Destination" exhibit uses a 14-by-19-foot Translite Super Grey rear projection screen to create stunning images of potential future destinations for NASA.

This marks the second time Harkness has provided presentation surfaces and custom frames for projects on which BRC, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and NASA have collaborated. The first was for Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Launch Experience, which opened in 2007.

“We were confident in Harkness' ability to address our complicated needs and provide superior quality screens and frames for this project, as they did previously for the Shuttle Launch Experience,” says Josh Cottrell, project manager at BRC Imagination Arts. “We originally chose Harkness for the Shuttle Launch Experience because it was the only company that could deliver a 20-foot-by-40-foot screen that could be hung overhead in a flat orientation. On this project, Harkness once again took the challenge head on and did a great job.”

The main show, "Explorers Wanted," runs twice an hour, transforming the exhibit into a live theatre environment. Introducing new potential destinations for space travel, it invites space pioneers of tomorrow to embark on new missions and embraces the challenges of future space exploration.

“In addition to its ingenuity, image quality and durability, Harkness stands by its products,” adds Cottrell. “We have been very happy with Harkness’ products and have used them again recently for the USA Pavilion for the World Expo in Shanghai.”

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