Dome facilitates out-of-this-world projection

Pacific Domes uses 360-degree projection to bring space down to Earth at SpaceFest.

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While space enthusiasts spent the summer of 2012 remembering Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon and following Curiosity’s exploration of Mars, Pacific Domes helped to bring a glimpse of space exploration closer to earth.

The geodesic dome manufacturer based in Ashland, Ore., and its sister company, Obscura Digital, provided a 50-foot dome with 360-degree projection technology that highlighted human space exploration for the Samsung SpaceFest at Pier 86 in Manhattan, New York, N.Y.

Pacific Domes supplied its end-client, NASA, with a dome that featured an external frame, a black out projection liner, a hoop door entrance, powder-coated frame, HVAC and flooring. The 360-degree projection technology solved the issue of avoiding seams or “breaks” in projection and brought the event to life with educational video of advances in space exploration, from low-Earth orbit to the frontiers of deep space. The five-day festival celebrated the opening of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s Space Shuttle Pavilion, and its newly acquired Space Shuttle Enterprise.

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