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Air and Space Museum Completes ‘Moving Beyond Earth’ HD Facilities

 It also includes a two-way fiber connection to NASA headquarters just blocks away for live media exchange.

The high-definition studio and control room at the National Air and Space Museum’s latest exhibit hall is now integrated and installed, according to Newington, Va.-based integrator Communications Engineering Inc. (CEI).

Visitors to the new exhibit will explore the history and importance of human spaceflight in the United States during the space shuttle and space station era and the future of the space program.

CEI’s role in the presentation center included design, integration and installation of a new HD production control room, upgraded edit suites, robotic HD camera systems, stage systems supporting the broadcast operations, and audience speaker systems.

Key equipment used in the project includes: Apple Final Cut Studio edit systems; Crown amplifiers; DNF Controls control panels; Digital Rapids live HD streaming system; Evertz HD/SD delay system, timing equipment, frame controller, amplifiers and closed caption encoder; Harris test equipment; JBL speakers; MediaMatrix audio devices; Miranda NVision routers; NEC and Sony displays; Omneon video servers; Panasonic HD cameras and HD/SD switcher; Shure and Sony microphones; TBC consoles; Yamaha production console; and Zaxcom wireless microphone system.

It also includes a two-way fiber connection to NASA headquarters just blocks away for live media exchange, and a globe-shaped screen that can be illuminated to resemble Earth and other objects. Five cameras can drop down on telescopic mounts for potential applications like distance learning and multi-site events.

“The ‘Moving Beyond Earth’ presentation center is sure to be an exciting, educational experience for visitors at the National Air and Space Museum, and CEI is pleased to have worked with the museum on this fascinating new exhibit,” said Lawrence Brody, president and CEO of CEI. “The system we have built will have a wide range of broadcast and multimedia capabilities, plus the flexibility to easily handle many types of activities.”

The facility is at NASM’s downtown Washington location.

It was previewed here in the October 2009 issue of Government Video.

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