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

NEW SCIENTIST LIVE! / Creating space

Ouno are very proud 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 and featuring a towering 8m tall AlphaSat mock-up, the stand dominated the entrance to the show, and played host to a packed VIP launch starring British astronaut Tim Peake. Tim’s presence ensured a large and enthusiastic crowd made a beeline for the ESA stand.

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: New Frontiers, New Worlds, Science, Exploration, International Partnership.

Dutch company Hupkens Industrial Models provided the superb large scale models, while Airbus Space and Defence supplied ‘Bridget’, a full-scale prototype Mars Rover robot which proved very popular with visitors.

As the lead creative agency on the project, we worked closely with the client ESA and stakeholders Inmarsat, Airbus Defence and Space, and the UK Space Agency. We project-managed the entire design, build and break down process, working with the event organiser Ops Squad and AV supplier Aztec to ensure this complex stand was completed to schedule.

Some 16,000 visitors passed through the stand space over the course of four days, helping to make this a uniquely successful event for the European Space Agency.

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