A camera system under development to deliver content to the Venetian’s MSG sphere goes into space.

Representatives from Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp., which is building the 17,500-seat, $ 1.9 billion entertainment venue east of the Venetian Expo Center, said on Tuesday that the company won a research award from the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space.

The company did not disclose the amount of the award.

With this award, the company plans to conduct three missions over the next few years to send camera equipment to the International Space Station to test the ultra-high fidelity and ultra-high resolution camera system.

MSG has indicated that it will use the camera system to develop videos that it will display on the 160,000 square foot screen that will envelop, above and behind the audience, at a resolution more than 100 times greater than that of the audience. ‘high-definition television when the venue opens in 2023.

“We are honored that CASIS has selected our research proposal, which we believe will not only benefit our plans for MSG Sphere, but also support groundbreaking Earth and space imagery from the ISS,” thereby improving our collective understanding of what is possible, ”said David Dibble, CEO of MSG Ventures.

“With MSG Sphere, we are creating a whole new platform for immersive experiences, which requires developing our own content creation tools,” he said. “This includes the technology of cameras and lenses capable of producing ultra-high resolution images – and there is no better setting to explore this cutting-edge technology than the awe-inspiring perspective of space. “

This year, CASIS sought applications to explore how the ISS National Laboratory, which it manages through a deal with NASA, could be used to advance technology and, after a competitive process, MSG Entertainment’s proposal. has been selected.

The MSG Sphere Camera Research Plan was submitted by the company’s MSG Ventures division, which is responsible for developing technologies to support content creation for MSG Sphere, the first large-scale venue to use multisensory storytelling for immersive experiences.

Andrew Shulkind, MSG Ventures senior vice president in charge of talent capture and management, will be the project manager and principal investigator of the program. Former NASA astronaut Gregory Chamitoff, who logged nearly 200 days and two spacewalks on two space shuttle missions and a space station expedition, is co-investigator and advises on the proposal. .

The Review-Journal is owned by the family of Dr Miriam Adelson, the majority shareholder of Las Vegas Sands Corp., which operates the Venetian Expo Center, as well as The Venetian.

Contact Richard N. Velotta at [email protected] or 702-477-3893. To follow @RickVelotta on Twitter.


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