Questacon – the National Science and Technology Centre in Canberra is currently hosting the Australian leg of Above and Beyond. Dubbed the ultimate interactive flight exhibition, Above and Beyond is a travelling exhibition is presented by Boeing. The experience has also been developed in collaboration with NASA and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
Highlights of Above and Beyond
The exhibition includes:
- a 180-degree immersive theatre presentation
- a high-tech media-rich historical timeline
- a simulated space elevator ride letting you soar to orbit for a spectacular 360-degree view of Earth
- a challenge to design and test a supersonic fighter jet in a virtual high-speed flying competition
- an avatar-based motion-capture group experience that demonstrates flight like a bird.
The exhibition is a great place for everyone, from science nerds to aviation fanatics, or even folks who just want a pleasant day out. However Questacon director Professor Graham Durant has bigger goals beyond its immediate impact:
“Through the use of immersive simulations, augmented reality and a range of interactive design challenges, Above and Beyond will excite the next generation of global aviation and aerospace innovators.”
Above and Beyond debuted in Washington DC at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum on August 1, 2015. Since then, it has also exhibited in several US cities, as well as London, Tokyo, the UAE and Riyadh. The Canberra stage kicked off on March 25 and will continue until July 23, 2017.