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MOONBASE: THE NEXT STEP

It has been over 50 years since humankind last set foot on the Moon and now we are going back to stay.

MOONBASE: THE NEXT STEP tells the story of this human endeavour, visualising the scientific and technological advances needed to safely travel 250,000 miles and survive the hostile and alien conditions. How do we establish a foothold on the Moon? Can we explore the vast landscape and extract the resources needed to live there on a permanent basis?

Follow our story filled with awe, danger and trepidation and share the wonder of the lunar environment made for the 360 full dome format. Prepare for an immersive and breathtaking lunar experience…

Superior Technology

Sky-Skan beautifully orchestrates every element of the planetarium experience, from live science simulation and fulldome cinema playback, to external device automation and show control, all in one elegant, seamless, flexible user interface. We use the best hardware available.

Used & Supported Everywhere

We’ve installed hundreds of fulldome digital systems in museums, universities, and schools around the world. Via online user forums, our client community shares information and resources. When problems arise, our field service engineers come to you, via remote login access or in person.

Affordable & Sustainable

Digital planetariums once used custom projectors and costly mainframe computers. In 1998 Sky-Skan premiered the world’s first fulldome system based on affordable hardware. Since then we have led the way with a constant stream of innovations and milestones. Today, we won’t offer a “solution” until we understand your unique goals and resources.

A Passion for Planetariums

We Understand You Because We ARE You!

Since 1967 Sky-Skan has helped planetariums be awesome and remain relevant. We provide wonderful tools to help our clients inspire and inform learners of all ages. We’ve brought more innovation to the field than any other company. Equipping planetariums for success, via great systems and shows, is all we do! We are motivated by a love for the field and a deep understanding of its practitioners, because we are planetarians ourselves.

Some Places where Our Team Members have Worked: Arizona Science Center, Armagh Planetarium, Arthur Storer Planetarium, Audio Visual Imagineering, Bishop Planetarium, Carnegie Science Center, Davis Planetarium, Emera Astronomy Center, Exploration Place, Fels Planetarium, Fiske Planetarium, Forum der Technik Munich, Hayden Planetarium, Image Engineering, Infoversum, McDonald Observatory, Museum of Science Boston, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, National Space Science Centre, Planetarium de Bretagne, Planétarium of the Citë des Sciences et de l’Industrie, Rauch Planetarium, Space Telescope Science Institute, Spitz, Inc., Strasenburgh Planetarium, Sudekum Planetarium.

Put our Passion to Work for You

Happy Clients

Great Shows

New Additions to the Sky-Skan Catalog

Why Sky-Skan?

All digital planetariums are made of computers, projectors, cables, and software.

Like our competitors, we achieve a long list of technical specifications (nearly all of which we pioneered), but what makes Sky-Skan systems truly special are the details by which the technology melds into a unified instrument for visualizing nature beautifully, and for engrossing, immersive, visual storytelling that interprets the universe in unforgettable ways.

Revitalized for today‘s challenges, Sky-Skan is eager to create a wonderful planetarium for you.

Sky-Skan Clients Enjoy...

  • Detailed architectural and system design and documentation
  • Superb commissioning, on-boarding, training, and continuing support
  • Splendid star fields and science visualization
  • Detailed spacecraft models and space mission vigniettes
  • Rich, cinema-quality surround sound
  • Great shows, scripts, and curriculum materials
  • Flexible user controls and programming interfaces
  • Manual controls as desired
  • Rolling upgrades that keep a system state-of-the-art
  • Support for external media inputs and 3rd party fulldome apps
  • Colorful, long-lasting, smooth-fading cove lighting
Begin the Planetarium Design Process

Calendar

  • ISE Barcelona 1-4 Feb.
  • February 6, 2023 5pm GMT: Arab Planetarium Society Virtual Program
  • February 4-5, 2023: Dome Under Festival Museums Victoria Melbourne Australia
  • February 7-8, 2023 Australian Planetarium Society (APS) Meeting Ulverstone, Tasmania
  • February 28, 2023: Last day to submit shows to Fulldome Festival Brno
  • March 13-17, 2023  African Astronomical Society (AfAS) Conference 2023, Johannesburg SA.
  • April 14-16, 2023 PLANit Ravenna Italy
  • April 22-24, 2029  German Planetarium Association (GDP) 2023 Conference, Solingen Germany
  • April 29, 2023: Big Astronomy Community Day
  • May 4, 2023  Exhibit Opening “100 Years of Planetariums” at the German Museum in Munich Germany
  • May 7, 2023: Save the Date! IPS and ESA collaborate on a series of events for the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer mission.
  • June 6-9, 2023, Fulldome Festival Brno (FFB), Brno Czech Republic
  • June 15-17, 2023 ECSITE 2023 Valetta Malta
  • June 20-24,  Stars for All Conference Bays Mountain Tennessee USA
  • June 30, 2023  Asteroid Day
  • September 1-2, 2023  British Association of Planetaria (BAP) 2023 Conference Armagh UK
  • September 8-10, 2023 Nordic Planetarium Association (NPA) Meeting, Stockholm SE
  • September 23-24 2023 Association of French Speaking Planetariums (APLF) Saint-Michel-l’Observatoire France
  • October 7–10, 2023. Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) Charlotte S.C. USA
  • October 2023 IMERSA Conference 2023 (tba)
  • May 2024 STARMUS VII  Dates and venue to be announced.
  • June 2024 IPS 2024 Berlin Germany