Hirax – Dark Energy 3d Telescope

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view of the satellites from space

getting students involved

green screen video trickery

The Brief

We were excited to be part of this multi-million rand global radio astronomy project. We worked in collaboration with Blue Bottle Productions 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 was done by blue bottle production, they used a mix of drone footage, green screening, sound design and multiple revisions.

Client Info
Hirax
Durban, South Africa

The program 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.

Key role
  • 3d rendering
  • Motion Graphics
  • Visual Effects

Our work went national - Sabc News

Our 3d visualisation of the satelites was broadcasted on national television on SABC News. We were honoured to be part of this project.

Behind the scenes

The project will work with industry to develop new technology and innovation, such as telescope hardware and big data analysis tools.

3D Render of the satelites

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. 

Arial live action view

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.
man pulling up satelit drone footage video

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We worked with Pyro Media on a very long project. They were very accommodating and solution driven. Zane went the extra mile where needed and created some amazing animations. I would definitely refer their animation services.

Miss Lewis

Producer

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