Space Contractor Designs Own Blended Videowall
When the division of Lockheed Martin that launches global positioning satellites needed a new place to meet and share ideas, it designed a center around a unique, blended projection system.
CHALLENGE: Build a multifunctional, ultra-widescreen display that can support a variety of sources while being visible anywhere in a large, multipurpose meeting room.
SOLUTION: Start by designing the screen to the dimensions you actually require, then apply multiple high-brightness projectors and precision-calculated blending to fit the video to the display.
Last july, government contractor lockheed Martin opened a new meeting facility in Newtown. Pa. And although the term "mission-critical" is often tossed around to describe any measure of importance, the new Lockheed Martin Patriot Center truly fits the bill. The company's Newtown location is home to Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems and the next-generation Global Positioning System III and Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R-Series.
Lockheed Martins own Advanced Presentation Systems division worked with future users of the Patriot Center to determine the size and shape of the videowall they needed. Integrator Applied Video Technology helped build the blended 2150x720 screen.
"This facility sits on the campus that designs satellites for the next-generation GPS," says Mike Horner, CTS-I, project manager of Lockheed Martin's Advanced Presentation Systems, which oversaw the AV integration.
As such, the Patriot Center was tailored to a variety of potential users, from engineers collaborating on satellite design to representatives of the U.S. Air Force signing off on those designs and overseeing actual satellite launches. "The goal was to have an AV system that was versatile," Horner says. At the heart of the center is a large multipurpose room that can act either as one 250-person auditorium or four soundproof meeting rooms. Like multipurpose rooms in venues such as hotels and conference centers, the Patriot Center's comprises moveable dividing walls and an AV system that can be zoned and rezoned depending on the room's configuration.
"About two years ago they were talking about transforming the cafeteria into a media center," says Bruce MacLelland, CTS, account manager of integration company Applied Video Technology (AVT), which worked with Lockheed Martin on the installation. "That was ultimately nixed in favor of constructing a new building for the purpose." Today, MacLelland says, "Every time they launch a satellite, Lockeed personnel are assembled to watch it on the big screen."
As the official lead on the Patriot Center project, Lockheed Martin brought in its own architect. "The architect knew that our vision revolved around the AV," Horner says. "The overall AV experience of the facility took top priority, which allowed our AV design to drive the architecture. With this design model in place, and architectural limitations lifted, Lockheed Martin's AV design engineers were able to be creative and custom-design a screen we felt best suited all possible viewing angles and user scenarios."