Animation

SPL’s clip of the week (chrysalis)

Animation, Biology, In the press

Our visualisation of x-ray data of a chrysalis has just been chosen as Science Photo Library‘s clip of the week.
The animation shows a butterfly metamorphosis inside its chrysalis. This sequence was produced from reconstructed computed tomography (CT) scan data, showing the internal detail of a caterpillar’s transformation into a butterfly. Initially the caterpillar’s internal organs are seen, mainly its digestive tract and the network of breathing tubes along its length. As the metamorphosis progresses, the internal structures become increasingly complex, and the eyes (far left) and wings of the butterfly become prominent.


See more of our chrysalis animations in this blog post.
SPL’s Clip of the Week
Our stock images at SPL
Our stock animations at SPL – part 1
Our stock animations at SPL – part 2

SPL’s clip of the week (space debris)

Animation, In the press, Space

Our visualisation of space debris has just been chosen as Science Photo Library‘s clip of the week.
Satellites are shown in red, everything else in blue (ranging from flecks of paint to entire discarded rocket stages). The space between geostationary orbit and the near-Earth orbits is relatively empty, but in the close-up at the end the number of pieces of debris and junk around the Earth is seen to be vast. This animation is created from data of 13,977 actual objects tracked by NORAD and is shown correct for 30th May 2013.

SPL’s Clip of the Week
Our stock images at SPL
Our stock animations at SPL – part 1
Our stock animations at SPL – part 2

Europa Penetrator animation

Animation, Engineering, In the press, Space

We’ve just finished this HD animation showing Astrium‘s design for a Europa Penetrator mission. The penetrator will be released from an altitude of around 200km, and after a de-orbit burn to cancel the orbital velocity, it goes into freefall, spins up for stability, and impacts into Europa at around 300mph. Once under the surface, the suite of on board instruments begin work (having survived the 25,000g of impact), including a drill to take samples, a microscope and mass spectrometer to analyse samples, as well as seismometers and radiation detectors.


Read more about the mission on Jonathan Amos’ blog at the BBC.

Easter Eggs Live – data visualisation

Animation, Biology, In the press

A series of visualisations we produced for Windfall Films’ show “Easter Eggs Live”, which aired on Channel 4 this Easter weekend.
We were given MRI and CT scans of various species’ eggs, and asked to visualise and animate these data to produce informative and clear visualisations to be used in the live tv programme.
We’ve shown four of the final shots below, along with a description of the data handling and visualisations we created.

SHOT 1) We took MRI scans of a chick inside its egg, traced out the chick and recreated it in 3D.  We then animated the chick to show its first break where it breaks through a membrane into the air pocked inside the egg to take its first breath.  It then starts pecking at the shell using a strong muscle on the back of its neck and its egg tooth.  By pecking and shuffling, it can break around the circumference of the egg, and then push its way out.
SHOT 2) We were given CT data of praying mantis eggs, from which we were able to segment the regions and produce this volume render, which fades and reveals the egg structure inside.
SHOT 3/4) We produced these two sequences using surface data (OBJs up to 3GB in size), and you can see the caterpillar, which has a digestive tract and network of breathing tubes along its length.  As the transformation progresses, you can see increasing internal complexity as the butterfly’s internal organs and external structures form.

STRaND-1 nano-satellite

Animation, Engineering, Space

Our latest animation for Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, showing their STRaND-1 “nano-satellite” (34x10x10 cm).  It is powered by a HTC Nexus One smartphone, and this type of satellite is a low-cost technology test-bed for trialling new space hardware. It’s small enough to piggy-back on other satellites for launch.


Read more about STRaND-1

UKube-1 cubesat payload animation

Animation, Engineering, Space

UKube-1 is a UK designed and built cubesat (30x10x10 cm), funded by UKSA and built by Clyde Space.  The on-board payloads are a variety of technology testbeds from collaborators in industry and academia to demonstrate their feasibility in space in a cost-efficient manner.  It’s small enough to piggy-back on other satellites for launch.
The animation highlights the modular nature of the cubesat platform, and shows the variety of science and technology that can be achieved in such a small package.


Music: “Taikonaut” by futuresoup

Satcom product video

Animation, Engineering, Space

Our latest video for Satcom Systems and Solutions to promotes their range of satcom terminals.  We crafted an operational scenario to highlight how they can help to link everyone together for better communication and awareness.  Currently on display at the Global MilSatCom exhibition in London.

Sentinel 1 and 2 animations

Animation, Engineering, Space

We’ve just reworked these animations in full HD for Astrium, featuring clips of Sentinels 1 and 2, which are a series of Earth observation satellites due for launch between 2013 and 2015.