BILL CANNAN & COMPANY                                                                                                                                                             DESIGN CONSULTANTS


Design: Bill Cannan & Co. - Bill Cannan - Kurt Heinz - Tony Ortiz  - Yukie Matsushita - Bruce Barrett - Tony Stefano ( Consultant )

Client: NASA - Jack Schmid  /  Fabricators - Carli International / Glahe International

Awards - IDSA - Exhibit Design 1990 /  Published - Aviation Week & Space Technology / Exhibit Builder

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Concept sketch approved by NASA for further design development.


Scale model of initial concept / foam-core, paper, foil, color xerox.

Close-up of telescope and surrounding exhibits


At entry

Elevation sketches showing four views of the 6500sf NASA HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE exhibition space within the 300’ dome of the USA Pavilion

On-site mock-up of the 43’ long Hubble Space Telescope.

A portion of the exhibit space paid tribute to the 20th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Mission.

The display featured space suits being developed for space walks that would be scheduled for periodic repair and updating of the Telescope. 

Placed at the focal point of the exhibit space, the Telescope’s story was supported with graphics, video, photo murals and diagrams displayed along surrounding walls.

Contracted by NASA to design and develop a 6500sf  bi-lingual exhibition for the 1989 Paris Air Show highlighting the coming launch of the Hubble Space Telescope.  Responsibilities included concept, design, working drawings, contract documents and on-site supervision of construction and installation.

Animated neon traces light path to telescopes primary mirror.

Total attendance at the 10 day exhibit was 150,000, substantially higher than that of previous installations.

NASA photo: Hubble Space Telescope in orbit

Working directly from NASA drawings, a 43’ long full scale mock-up of the telescope was fabricated.  The display was cutaway on one side to reveal the inner workings of the Hubble’s components.

It illustrated the individual modules for cameras, gyroscopic devices and navigation equipment that could be retrofitted and replaced in future space walks. To date 4 repair missions have kept the Hubble operational for 20 years, increasing its’ capabilities into the future.

The full scale mock-up of the Hubble Space Telescope