Working directly from NASA drawings, a
43’ long full scale mock-up of the telescope was fabricated in Italy. The display was cutaway on one side to reveal in neon, the inner workings of the Hubble’s many operating components.
It illustrated the individual modules for cameras, gyroscopic devices and navigation equipment that could be retrofitted and replaced during space walks. Repair missions have kept the Hubble operational for 20 years, increasing its capabilities to peer into the future.
BC&CO was contracted by NASA to design and develop a 14,000 square foot bi-lingual exhibition for the 1989 Paris Air Show highlighting the coming launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. Our responsibilities included concept development, schematic and final design, working drawings, contract documents and on-site supervision of construction and installation in the United States Pavilion at Le Bourget Airport outside Paris, France. We worked directly with NASA's Exhibit's Division.
Animated neon traces the light path to the telescope's primary and secondary mirrors.
The full scale mock-up of the Hubble Space Telescope
The initial concept was to mount a half sectioned mock-up of the full-scale Hubble against a mirrored ceiling to create a fully reflected image of a “floating” Telescope.
The alternate proposal was a full scale mock-up of the Hubble with a section cut-away to show it’s internal operating functions using animated
Concept sketch approved for further design development.
The DESIGN PRESENTATION
Elevation sketches showing all four views of the HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE exhibition space within the 300’ dome of the USA Pavilion.
All elements for the exhibit were compiled from NASA’s vast collection of artifacts, photos, graphics and statistics,
The scale model of the initial concept presented to the client. Model was at 125th scale. Materials were foam-core, paper, foil, color xerox, photos and acrylics.
At entry to exhibit.
General view of telescope and surrounding exhibits.
Aft view showing spacewalk.
Overview of model.
"Total attendance at the 10 day exhibit was over 150,000, substantially higher than that of any previous installations.”