Complex equipment can use a diagrammatic model to help demonstrate the components. This telescope mounts onto a satellite. The model can be rotated in all directions to show how it focuses, gathers light, and directs the light through sensors. We built this cross-section model as part of a traveling educational exhibit for Ball Aerospace.
Very often I am asked to build something, the purpose of which is a mystery to me. Model making is sometimes about recreating shapes and size to a specific plan without any further explanation. These models fall into that category. We were asked to recreate these shapes by Ball Aerospace so I assume they represent [...]
It is nice to have a scaled model or a full sized model of a satellite. Once they are rotating around the earth, you need a pretty good telescope to see them. We have built satellite models for trade shows and as desk top displays. A lot of money gets invested into this equipment so [...]
These models were created for the Pegasus project. This rocket mounts onto the bottom of a jet and is launched from altitude into a low earth orbit where it releases it’s payload. These models were handed out to the main players on the project. All of the rockets were molded and cast in urethane. The [...]
Now this was a fun model to build. The super structure was soldered brass to support the visible components. The model body had to rotate and the mirror had to pivot. The point of this display was to show the process of taking white light and separating it into it’s component colors. Colored acrylic rods [...]
The Space Science Institute requested this model to show how light played on a martian rock formation. We were provided with surveyed site information taken from the surface of Mars. The original photo created quite a stir when it was published. It even inspired a Hollywood movie called ” Mission to Mars”. Later imaging of [...]