When the ribbon is cut on Huntsville's new Saturn V Visitor's Center at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center later this year, guests will have the opportunity to watch the entire construction phase of the project in just a matter of seconds. Last year, the Center installed a time lapse camera in the construction area to record the building going up and the massive Saturn V rocket vehicle being moved into its new home.
"It'll be like watching the building rise up out of the ground," said Space Center CEO Larry Capps. He adds, "And now that the steel is going up, each shot the camera takes is slightly different from the previous shot."
The camera is set to shoot a new image, or frame, every 60 seconds. As the still images are converted to video, it will take 30 frames to make one second of video. In other words, using all of the frames, it would take 2 seconds to watch one hour's work, but not all of the frames will be used in the final edit.
The camera, a high-quality digital still image camera, can be operated by remote control allowing Center personnel to adjust the exposure and shooting interval from the main building. A second camera, a web-based video camera, can be viewed by the general public, allowing anyone with internet access to watch the construction live.
In July, when the Saturn V rocket vehicle is moved into the unfinished building, the Center will use several cameras to catch the historical event from various angles. Those images will be incorporated into the time lapse project. "Ultimately, we want to be able to see every aspect of the rocket's journey because we don't plan to ever move it again," Capps said.
The end result will be a five-to-six minute video depicting the construction of the new facility and its new inhabitant being moved into place. The time lapse video will premiere in conjunction with the grand opening of the Saturn V Visitor's Center.>