As a charitable trust, Dynamic Earth relies on many partnerships and collaborations to support us in conveying our message and aims, and to enable us to keep evolving our attraction. We recently partnered with the Fortune500 company Leidos, a global leader in science, technology and engineering, who have contributed much of the funding required for upgrades to our ShowDome to create a brand new 6K digital Planetarium. We cannot wait to share this exciting new addition to the attraction, when we are able to reopen again. The dome has been transformed into an interactive Planetarium experience, using state of the art technology - satellite data from NASA & other providers will allow visitors to travel virtually through space, and even get a sneak peek inside the International Space Station! Not only that, visitors will get the chance to look back at Earth, with amazing satellite imagery and visualisations to see our planet in a whole new way.
John Simpson, Chief Executive at Dynamic Earth, said: “We’re immensely grateful to Leidos for its incredibly generous sponsorship of our Planetarium development. Leidos has close links to our work to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds with an interest in the science of our world. We hope this will be the start of an ongoing partnership with this inspirational organisation.”
Leidos is a leading company in the fields of information technology, engineering and science solutions, working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defence, intelligence, national security, civil, energy and health markets. The company’s HQ is based in Virginia, USA and they have 32,000 employees worldwide who support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Leidos has 1,100 staff across the UK, with a large base in Glasgow. The company has more than 50 years of experience working in the space sector, and on projects with NASA to help in areas such as research and development, IT and engineering. Leidos supports NASA in the supply of cargo to the International Space Station, and also assists in developing, producing and packaging the food that the ISS crew eat while on board in space!
Dynetics, a subsidiary owned by Leidos, is currently also working on the design for a new lunar landing module - their Human Landing System (HLS) for NASA's Artemis Program. Their research and development has provided NASA with insight into the design of the human lander that Dynetics hopes will carry the first woman and the next man to the Moon. Click here to watch & learn more about this innovative and awe-inspiring project.
The Learning Team at Dynamic Earth have also been collaborating with Leidos on our new online STEM learning resources. The recent achievements of the Mars rover landings, and the work currently being done to try and take humans back to the Moon has been very exciting, and Leidos has provided us with lots of information and activities to share with you. The Dynamic Earth Online website has a whole section dedicated to space science and exploration, go have a look to find out more!
Leidos carries out a huge amount of STEM communication and charitable work and is committed to supporting education, enriching communities and supporting local causes. Alec Harley, Scotland Portfolio Director at Leidos, said: “At Leidos, we’re committed to using our time and resources to support people, enrich communities, and protect the environment, while maintaining a strong focus on STEM engagement. Supporting Dynamic Earth is a perfect opportunity for us to help inspire and encourage the next generation to pursue study and careers in these key topics.” You can find out more about their community engagement work on the Leidos website.
We are very grateful for the support and resources they have provided Dynamic Earth, and we are looking forward to working on more exciting projects together in the future!