The National Space Centre (Leicester, U.K.) has recently opened Tetrastar Spaceport, a brand new immersive experience. Visitors will be launched into space and get caught up in a rescue mission to mars. One of the highlights of the experience is a flight through space in a simulator.
Tetrastar Spaceport is a 300m² experience that consists of 14 unique zones. Visitors will be flown into low Earth orbit, but soon find out that they are accidentally part of a rescue mission, set to Mars. They have to survive a disaster, retrieve valuable specimens and power up the escape pod to escape back to earth.
The experience that was designed and created in-house by the centres own production studio NSC Creative. Theming for Tetrastar Spaceport was developed by Meticulous Ltd. Projections, lighting and show control were supplied by ABC AV.
“By selecting the best people in their fields we were able to put together a crack team of specialists all working to the goal of suspending the visitors’ belief and transporting them to Mars and back on a wild space mission.” says Paul Mowbray, project director for NSC Creative, in the press-release.
One of the highlights of Tetrastar Spaceport is a 20-seat simulator. The cabin with motion-seats will simulate the space flight during the experience. The motion-seats were manufactured by Simworx. “Having the opportunity to integrate our class-leading motion seats into a highly themed environment where the wrap-around screen disappears and you the audience just believe that they are on a spaceship flying through canyons on Mars was a real pleasure. The innovation with the real-time content and branching paths adds another standout feature to the experience.” adds Terry Monkton, CEO of Simworx.
The 20 minute experience will have a throughput of proximaly 1.400 visitors a day. Tetrastart Spaceport was built for a total cost of £2.88 million.