Exercising the mind at New Scientist Live 2016

Ouno Creative were proud to be part of the fantastic 2016 New Scientist Live Show. The stand we designed and built for the European Space Agency was one of the largest at the show, and the first stand most of the public encountered as they entered the event.

The event itself was really stimulating – filled with new technologies, displays from cutting edge companies and organisations. Best of all was the packed lecture programme running across four stages. Ouno Creative Director Simon Pipe went on a personal mission to attend a number of these talks in an attempt to broaden his horizons. He came back saying his mind had been expanded, possibly too far for his own good, as he was now questioning the point of his own existence. New Scientist Live – what’s the big idea? The presence of Astronaut Tim Peake on the stand on the first day of the show drew large and enthusiastic crowds to the stand – as you can see in the opening scenes of this promotional video from New scientist Live.

Getting close-up to the Rosetta comet model This model was built by the talented Dutch Industrial model-makers Hupkens. It was really popular with visitors, who wanted to touch the grainy, scarred surface of the model. Steam vapour was emitted from numerous cavities on the comet surface, giving the impression of ice evaporating from the comet as it draws closer to the Sun. An illuminated archway framed the comet, the spotlights in the arches interior making the steam highly visible and bringing the model to life. We had to refill the four water tanks housed within the model daily with a mixture of water and detergent.

Meet ‘Bridget’, the star of the stand Airbus Defence and Space provided ‘Bridget’, a working prototype of the robot rover that ESA will send to Mars. This was the same robot that astronaut Tim Peake operated remotely from the International Space Station. She’s a heavy lass – four men from our stand build team struggled to lift her into the circular Mars pit. A team from Airbus were on hand each day to answer visitors questions about the rover and they were kept busy as she proved very popular. Each night the rover batteries were recharged via power links to the Airbus stand opposite the Mars Rover Pit.

ESA Exhibition Stand 2016, Exhibition Stand Design by Ouno Creative, Farnborough.

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