The heart of a Sky-Skan planetarium is DigitalSky – Dark Matter, our cluster-based computing solution that combines programmable science simulation, fulldome video playback, external device control, and show performance control in one elegant, flexible, and powerful user interface.
We named Dark Matter after the mysterious stuff that ties galaxies together into a glittering web. With Dark Matter, you can say goodbye to needing separate computers for planetarium simulation, lighting, show control, and related functions. After all, to the audience it’s all one experience; why should it be different for you?
Into Dark Matter, we’ve poured everything we’ve learned from serving planetariums and creating programs for over half a century. Our heritage as the developer of SPICE Automation, the planetarium world’s multimedia control system of choice in the pre-fulldome era, means that we’ve got show control down to an art.
Dark Matter runs on powerful servers that feature top-quality nVidia graphics acceleration. Our servers are industrial-grade units that keep cool and keep working. They run on a special version of Windows that is designed for critical applications, are accessible for remote support by Sky-Skan service engineers, and are protected by a firewall.