Columbus Space Lab
Model of Space Station Lab
Timeline: 2 months
Client: Aberdeen Science Centre
Aim: To design and produce a model of the Columbus lab on the Space Station. It should allow the centre to store and display small workshop activities.
What we did: The initial challenge was to work out the size of the unit and the construction method. To look like the real Columbus module, it should have a completely circular perimeter. FifeX designed the unit and built one section as a prototype - this was installed onsite to check it all fitted and to confirm materials.
The rest of the unit was then constructed during December 2016. Set-dressing was a big part of this job to ensure that the lab looked realistic. The whole lab was clad inside and out to look realistic and we included features such as handles, bungee cords, hooks, lighting and various small interactives with a lot of flashing LEDs and large toggle switches!
A large TV at the end of the lab allows the centre to show movies or slideshows. Tables in the lab allow storage of activities in Gratnell trays and a small kitchen unit has a display of space-food.
Further activities will be added in time and hopefully, it will be a venue for some exciting events at the science centre.
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