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Christie Laser Projectors Give United Launch Alliance Rocket 3D Projection Mapping ‘Sendoff’

United Launch Alliance ‘rocket mapping’ of Delta IV Heavy rocket at Cape Canaveral takes flight with PaintScaping and Christie’s D4K40-RGB.

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Christie pure RGB laser projectors helped to mark the impending launch of United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket at Cape Canaveral with a 3D projection mapping on an operational rocket by PaintScaping.

Six ‘all-in-one’ 45,000 ISO lumen Christie D4K40-RGB projectors—provided by Nationwide Video—mapped the façade of the nearly 72-meter rocket for a private event ahead of ULA’s launch for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)

“It was a pleasure to work with the latest and brightest RGB laser projector on the market for this unique project,” said Philippe Bergeron, president of PaintScaping, which created the content for the event.

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“We have a long history of working with Christie and Nationwide Video, and it was a joy to team up with them once again. The imposing structure of the rocket drove the narrative of this once in a life-time video mapping opportunity, with the Christie projection helping to deliver the impact we required,” he said.

“It is always a thrill to share the power of 3D projection mapping, and we enjoyed the challenge of delivering on the client’s vision,” said Bergeron.

Delta IV Heavy

Projection Mapping the Delta IV Heavy Rocket

The façade of the Delta IV Heavy – with its combination of even, uneven, curved and flat surfaces – presented a test for PaintScaping’s skills on this large-scale mapping effort.

Previous PaintScaping projects utilizing Christie projection include Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna’s This is What You Came For music video, a BMW plug-in hybrid ad and the Aurora projection mapping show at San Diego Zoo.

“When combined with great talent and an exciting opportunity such as this, the pay-off is something special,” said Christie executive VP of enterprise Michael Bosworth.

“The PaintScaping team has once again demonstrated its supreme expertise in the 3D projection mapping arena, and we’re proud to have played a part in achieving its ambitious plans for this stunning project,” he said.

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