Engineering

Airborne Satcoms product video

Animation, Engineering, Space

We’ve produced another satcom video, this one is a product video for an airborne terminal and satcom system, featuring a mock scenario to show how it could be used in action. With lots of lovely motion graphics to link it all together.

ESA’s Solar Orbiter, Evolved

Animation, Engineering, Physics, Space

An update of our animation of ESA’s Solar Orbiter mission, to reflect the new configuration as it is officially contracted to satellite builders Astrium.  We’ve also taken the opportunity to improve the quality of our animation, using tools and techniques developed since our previous release.
Supplied with an updated CAD file and a list of changes to materials and instrument configurations, we were able to re-make the animation in record time for less than 20% of the original cost.


View more about the Solar Orbiter mission.
BBC news report about Solar Orbiter.

Naval Satcoms product video

Animation, Engineering, Space

We’ve produced another satcom video, this one is more of a product features video for a naval terminal.  We’ve tried to avoid the cheesy corporate style (don’t blame us for the music), and it features an animated naval scenario with full simulated ocean and lots of pretty motion graphics to link it all together.

Synthetic Biology Documentary – Creating Life (50 minutes)

Animation, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering

Here’s the synthetic biology documentary we had the pleasure of working on.  The documentary titled “Creating Life – The Ultimate Engineering Challenge,” by Kelly Neaves and Dominic Rees-Roberts, follows the Imperial College IGEM team (International Genetically Engineered Machine), as they discover how to engineer bacteria to perform specific tasks, and consider the implications of their work.  Our graphics help to illustrate some of the more abstract concepts, in what is a fairly technical documentary.

Quantum Computing Illustrations

Engineering, Illustration, In the press, Physics

Illustrating quantum computing is always a challenge.  Information theory, optic benches and quantum weirdness don’t lend themselves easily to beautiful illustrations.  But that was the task given to us by the “Institut für Quantenoptik und Quanteninformation” at the University of Vienna, for their paper which has been accepted into Science.
Their paper describes a method of “Blind Quantum Computing”.  In a world where Quantum Computers are large, expensive, and are used to process sensitive data (e.g. financial transactions, secure communications), the authors anticipate that it will be necessary to perform these computations remotely, on a third party’s computer.  Blind computing involves encoding your data in such a way that they can be encrypted, sent, processed while encrypted, the result sent back and then the result decrypted.  At all stages on the remote computer the data are hidden and secure.  The paper describes and demonstrates a method for performing such a series of operations using quantum-entangled clusters of qubits.

The Arxiv pre-print paper:
http://arxiv.org/abs/1110.1381

Patrol/helicopter animation – Secure Satcom Systems

Animation, Engineering

The second animated sequence we produced for Secure Satcom Systems (part of the Astrium group). This sequence shows that having secure, continuous connectivity allows decisions to be made with all the relevant information to hand. They establish a secure, stable satellite broadband connection from a moving helicopter, and also get around the major issue of whirling pieces of metal scattering the signal, by pulsing the signal to pass through the gaps (similar to old-school propeller planes, where machine guns were timed to fire between the props).
We created this story to show how having all of your assets linked-up in realtime allows decisions to be made better and faster, with all the information to hand.


(no baddies were harmed in the making of this production)
Secure Satcom Systems

UAV helicopter animation – Secure Satcom Systems

Animation, Engineering, Space

We produced a short animated sequence highlighting some innovations from Secure Satcom Systems (part of the Astrium group). Not only can they establish a secure, stable satellite broadband connection from a moving helicopter, but they also get around the major issue of whirling pieces of metal scattering the signal, by pulsing the signal to pass through the gaps (similar to old-school propeller planes, where machine guns were timed to fire between the props).
We created this story to show how having all of your assets linked-up in realtime allows decisions to be made better and faster, with all the information to hand.


Watch out for an extended version coming up (once it’s finished processing at HD!)
(no baddies were harmed in the making of this production)
Secure Satcom Systems

On the Cover of Science Magazine

Biology, Engineering, Illustration, In the press

This week, Science magazine have a special edition on Synthetic Biology, in which they: “explore the breadth of this field and how the construction of new biological systems might be harnessed to serve humanity”.
And they feature our illustration on the cover!  This is where art, science and Lego combine….  Synthetic biology is a field close to our heart, and we’ve previously worked on a range of illustrations and animations.

Equinox Graphics on the cover of Science

Synthetic Biology special issue:
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/333/6047.toc
About the cover:
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/333/6047.cover-expansion
Our previous animations on Synthetic Biology:
http://www.e-nox.net/blog/?p=174

Creating Life – the new field of Synthetic Biology

Animation, Biology, Engineering

We were commissioned to produce a series of animations to help explore the abstract world of synthetic biology, allowing the concepts of designing and programming bacteria to perform a particular task, in this case creating a colour change when exposed to a parasite – brilliant for testing water sources in remote locations, with a clear visual result.
For information on the documentary itself, please contact Kelly Neaves at kellyneaves@gmail.com

ESA’s Solar Orbiter, Reloaded

Animation, Engineering, Space

An update of the Solar Orbiter mission animation, to reflect the new configuration as it competes with other high profile ESA missions for the final commissioning decision.  Go go gadget orbiter!!!
Supplied with an updated CAD file and a list of changes to materials and instrument configurations, we were able to re-make the animation in record time for less than 20% of the original cost.  We even threw in some improvements to the graphics (including an extra ambient occlusion pass and extensive retexturing), and added some stock video clips to replace stills in the previous incarnation.  And recorded the new voiceover.  I guess that’s why our customers keep coming back….


View more about the Solar Orbiter mission.