Hirax – Dark Energy 3d Telescope

3d Visualisation & Video Production

Our work went national - Sabc News

We were excited to be part of this multi-million rand global radio astronomy project. We worked in collaboration with Blue Bottle to create visualisations to help describe this intricate project. We were responsible for the 3d renderings of the satellites, motion graphics and assisting with a range of other post production. We were also proud to have the work shown on national television on SABC News. We helped them visualise their idea using a combination of problem solving and digital mediums. The video production used a mix of drone footage, green screening, sound design and multiple revisions.

It is managed out of the UKZN (University of KwaZulu-Natal) and to be located in South Africa site in the Karoo, the HIRAX (Hydrogen Intensity and Real Time Analysis eXperiment) telescope system will consist of 1024 6-meter dishes. It was funded by the UKZN and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) through the National Research Foundation (NRF), HIRAX will be able to determine the characteristics of dark energy during a critical period in our universe, between 7 – 11 billion years ago when dark energy became the dominant component in the universe causing it to expand at an accelerated rate. The main HIRAX array, combined with small arrays in partnering African countries, will also localise mysterious radio flashes called Fast Radio Bursts (FRB) within their host galaxies, a feat never achieved before. This will be a vital first step in determining the cause of these bursts. The project will work with industry to develop new technology and innovation, such as telescope hardware and big data analysis tools.

Client: Hirax
Website: www.hirax.com
Location: Durban, South Africa

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