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

Ouno creates the ESA stand at New Scientist Live

The Ouno team are very proud and excited to unveil the stand we have designed and built at the 2016 New Scientist Live Show for the European Space Agency.

At 18m x 10m in size and featuring a towering 8m tall AlphaSat mock-up, the stand dominated the main entrance to the show. On the opening morning of the show it played host to a packed VIP launch starring British astronaut Tim Peake and other VIPs. Tim’s presence ensured a large and enthusiastic crowd made a beeline for the ESA stand.

Plenty for visitors to see Other features of the stand included a circular 4m Mars Rover display pit, a 6m long hanging model of the International Space Station and a large model of the Rosetta comet which as framed by the ‘Exploration Arch’ structure. The Rosetta comet emitted steam vapour from ports on the model surface, mimicking the effect of water ice boiling off the comet as it approaches the sun.

The stand platform was illuminated with blue LED lighting around it’s entire perimeter and was divided into zones named New Frontiers, New Worlds, Science, Exploration, International Partnership. Each zone contained graphic display totems providing images and information about relevant missions and technologies. Dutch company Hupkens Industrial Models provided the superb large scale models. Airbus Space and Defence supplied ‘Bridget’, a full-scale prototype Mars Rover robot which proved very popular with visitors.

Leading the design and build process Ouno Creative was the lead creative agency on the project, working closely with the client ESA and stakeholders Inmarsat, Airbus Defence and Space and the UK Space Agency to evolve the design. We project-managed the entire design, build and breakdown process, working with the event organiser Ops Squad to ensure this complex stand was completed to schedule. The stand also featured two video display walls – a big thank you to Jorge and his team from Aztec AV who worked hard to make this part of the stand a success. The result of all this planning, collaboration and hard work was that ESA received a really impressive looking stand that was delivered to a tight timeline and on a very limited budget. Some 16,000 visitors passed through the stand space over the course of four days, helping to make this a truly successful event for the European Space Agency.

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