Animation

InflateSail animation for Surrey Space Centre

Animation, Engineering, Space

We created this animation for Surrey Space Centre, who built the InflateSail cubesat which demonstrated an inflatable dragsail for quick de-orbiting of small spacecraft. The sail had an area of 10m2, and the cubesat successfully deorbited 72 days after launch.


More detail on the mission here.

Update to RemoveDEBRIS animation for Surrey Space Centre

Animation, Engineering, Space

We updated the animation for Surrey Space Centre to show the launch and deployment sections, featuring a SpaceX Falcon9/Dragon capsule, and deployment from the International Space Station, via the Japanese module. The satellite is currently built and awaiting launch.
It puts into context the issue of space junk, and shows how Surrey Space Centre, in collaboration with others in the space sector, are building missions to test and refine methods for removing and reducing space debris.

The official spiel: “Since the beginning of the space age, over 7,000 tonnes of space junk has been generated – mostly empty rocket casings and dead satellites. Most of the objects launched into space are still orbiting the Earth, threatening collisions with active satellites. Our exhibit invites you to explore our flagship RemoveDEBRIS mission, which aims to be the first to test capture technologies that drag space junk back into the Earth’s atmosphere to burn up.”

Alsat Nano launch for Surrey Space Centre

Animation, Engineering, Space

We created this animation for Surrey Space Centre, who built the Alsat nano cubesat which was successfully launched on 26th September 2016. It is a testbed for some novel technologies, which are highlighted in the animation.


More detail on the mission here.

BBC Earth – Origins of Life videos on DNA, RNA and ATP

Animation, Biology, Chemistry

We were hired by BBC Earth to produce a series of three animations to accompany a longform article on the Origins of Life. As this was quite a technical article, the videos were to provide some visual relief, explaining some of the complex concepts more clearly. These focused on:

  • DNA, and how it assembles and replicates, allowing the storage and duplication of all the information needed to build an organism;
  • RNA, and how it codes for proteins, which are essential for life.  In the primordial soup, it may have been the first carrier of genetic information, as it is able to store information, replicated and catalyse reactions;
  • ATP, which is used to power every cell.  Proton pumps create a concentration gradient, which forces protons through the ATP synthase motor, which turns ADP into ATP, storing energy inside them that can be transported around the cell and used where needed.

We focused on a high visual quality, while still using real molecular structures throughout.  You can read the article online here:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20161026-the-secret-of-how-life-on-earth-began

DNA animation:

 

RNA animation:

 

ATP animation:

Space Junk Clean-up at the Royal Society

Animation, Engineering, In the press, Space

We created this animation for Surrey Space Centre, who are one of 22 projects at the Royal Society’s Summer Exhibition, which features exhibits, talks and activites for all ages.
It puts into context the issue of space junk, and shows how Surrey Space Centre, in collaboration with others in the space sector, are building missions to test and refine methods for removing and reducing space debris.

The official spiel: “Since the beginning of the space age, over 7,000 tonnes of space junk has been generated – mostly empty rocket casings and dead satellites. Most of the objects launched into space are still orbiting the Earth, threatening collisions with active satellites. Our exhibit invites you to explore our flagship RemoveDEBRIS mission, which aims to be the first to test capture technologies that drag space junk back into the Earth’s atmosphere to burn up.”

Cleaning up Space Junk on the Royal Society website.

Nuclear fusion educational animations – for Science Photo Library

Animation, Chemistry, Physics

We were recently hired to produce a series of animation clips for Science Photo Library, showing some of the complex nuclear fusion reactions that occur in the Sun, including the CNO cycle at the end. Here is a selection of our favourites!

Science Photo Library provides licensing of striking specialist science imagery, with more than 350,000 images and 20,000 clips.

Please contact us for more information.