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VISITOR CENTERS
VISITOR CENTERS
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The Kennedy Space Center Visitor
Complex is run by Delaware North
Companies Parks & Resorts. This
company commissioned PGAV
Destinations to design the new attraction.
Electrosonic’s Design Consulting team
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the AV systems design, and Electrosonic
was later contracted direct to Delaware
to carry out the systems integration.
Around 60 exhibits in the attraction have
an AV element, and media content for
these was prepared by a top ranking team
of producers including Mousetrappe,
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Design Island.
Visitors ascend the entry ramp and enter
a holding area where they begin learning
about the history of the space program
while an LED countdown clock shows
the time remaining before the start of
the main multimedia pre-show. This
spectacular pre-show gives historical
context to the upcoming exhibits, the role
that Atlantis played in the Space Shuttle
Program and how the program has paved
the way for NASA’s next generation
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theater, four projectiondesign F35
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main screen’s immersive experiences.
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of the Sydney Opera House, and is an
excellent example of the technique of
projection mapping.
As the show comes to an end, the main
screen becomes a gauze through which
Atlantis can be discerned; the gauze
disappears and the audience walks out
through the screen opening straight in to
the nose of Atlantis.
The illusion of Atlantis being in space
is enhanced by a giant image of the
Earth behind it. It is presented on a
huge LED display. Once out of the
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the main exhibit space with the massive
Atlantis itself. The orbiter is supported
by numerous artifacts, interactive and
simulation exhibits and two additional
theaters. Representative examples
include the International Space Station
Micro Gravity Theater, which gives a
realistic view of astronauts aboard the
ISS. The nearby International Space
Station Media Wall is a bold display
featuring seven 55-inch LCD multi-touch
displays in portrait format.
The EVA, or space walk, interactive
exhibit has three identical systems, each
operating independently. A 65-inch LCD
screen is combined with a 3D depth-
sensing system that allows the visitors’
actions to trigger the media application.
A series of simulators involve visitors even
further in the space shuttle’s routines.
Landing the Orbiter simulators comprise
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each connected to their own PC and small
USB-powered loudspeaker. Robotic Arm
and Docking Station simulators consist
of twelve separate kiosks each with four
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interfaces for one joystick and up to eight
buttons for each of the simulator kiosks.
The Hubble Close-up Movie Wall
highlights the famed space telescope
whose stunning images are displayed via
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with audio supplied by eight loudspeakers.
A life-size model of the telescope is also
on view.
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Kennedy Space Center in 1984,
engineering a multimedia presentation
system for the Orientation Center.
Since then, it has worked on several
major exhibits there, including the
Saturn V Apollo Theater. The most
recent project was in 2013 when
Space Shuttle Atlantis
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opened. This
exhibition tells the story of the Space
Shuttle program that ran from 1981 –
2011, with the real shuttle Atlantis as
the principal exhibit.
Space Shuttle
Atlantis
IN DELAWARE’S WORDS:
The $100 million attraction allows guests to get nose to nose with Atlantis, which
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last mission. Atlantis is dramatically displayed as only astronauts have seen it
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its payload bay doors open and its robotic Canadarm extended, as if it has just
undocked from the International Space Station (ISS).
Photographs (small on right):
• The Exhibition
• The Pre-Show Theater
• Atlantis revealed
• Model of Hubble Telescope
• Docking station simulator
• EVA exhibit
Photograph (left):
• A 110 x 20-foot (33.5 x
6-meter) LED display carries
images of the Earth as seen from
the real shuttle.
Photo: Joe Casico
Photo: Joe Casico
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