Christie announced its laser projectors are part of a restoration of the Apollo Mission Control room at Johnson Space Center in Houston. Fifty years after Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon, the decommissioned room (known as MOCR 2) has been recreated in its 1969 state. It includes everything from restored communication consoles to furniture and even has the ashtrays scattered at various workstations. The room’s recreation had input from George L. Weisinger of the Audio Video Guys, architectural firm Stern and Bucek, and Cosmosphere — a space museum and STEM education center in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Six Christie DHD630-GS Series laser projectors, four Christie D13HD-HS Series laser projectors and a Christie Crimson HD25 laser projector were used to recreate the original displays from the Apollo 11 mission. Much of the original setup had been discarded.
- The Crimson HD25 projector — operating at 60 percent brightness — is projecting onto a new Stewart mirror. The system creates a 10-by-20 foot display, replacing the original setup.
- Four D13HD-HS laser projectors use the original mirror to recreate the other large screens to each side of the main screen.
- Six DHD599-GS laser projectors are used to recreate the clock/timer screens above the main displays and the and the channel numbers below the main screens.
“We chose Christie projectors for the screens because we were looking for a company with a base in North America, but we also did not want to compromise on quality in any way,” said George L. Weisinger, senior project manager for special projects at Audio Video Guys.