A section of the steel frame that will support MSG’s 160,000-foot indoor LED display, which, when completed, will be the highest-resolution LED display on the planet, according to MSG. (Photo: MSG Entertainment)
Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. will bring its custom camera systems, designed for the state-of-the-art MSG Sphere site, into high orbit.
According to MSGE, the company received a research award from the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) for leveraging high-level scientific assets such as the International Space Station (ISS) and the US National Lab (National Lab ) to develop and test the ultra-high resolution camera system.
The tests will take place through three missions over the next few years that will test the use of the camera in microgravity conditions on the ISS and in the harsh environment of space.
The tests will be used to further develop a camera system capable of capturing Earth at a previously impossible level of detail that could be used in deep space missions.
“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 – 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. This includes camera and lens technology capable of producing ultra-high-resolution images – and there is no better setting for exploring this cutting-edge technology than the awe-inspiring perspective of space.
The camera, when completed, will also be a key part of the first MSG Sphere site, currently under construction in Las Vegas. The site, when opened, will be the largest spherical structure in the world to be covered with a massive 580,000 square foot programmable LED display.
The interior of the hall will also feature a large LED screen with a 160,000 square foot display plan that will wrap around, above and behind the audience. The screen will also be the highest resolution display, showing images 100 times sharper than those of commercially available high-definition televisions.
Andrew Shulkind, senior vice president of talent capture and management at MSG Ventures, will serve as the project manager and principal investigator of the program.