First Ever Mapping on an Operational Rocket with Nationwide Video’s Gear

Nationwide Video’s Gear Used in World’s First Mapping on an Operational Rocket

The mapping took place Aug. 24 on United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. This was the first time in history that a mapping was projected on an operational rocket. 

3d mapping on rocket

Photo Credit: ULA

The Los Angeles-based PaintScaping is no stranger to high-profile projects. “Now the sky is no longer the limit,” notes Philippe Bergeron with a smile, CEO of PaintScaping.  In 2018, it partnered with Nationwide Video to create the largest USA mapping ever — on Park MGM in Las Vegas.

“Bret Tracey, President of Nationwide Video adds, “We’re grateful to be a part of this historical projection mapping event. Pros supporting pros on an event of this magnitude and historical relevance is powerful. Having combined our resources with Phillipe and his elite team at PaintScaping, with their reputation excellence in mapping major projects, coupled with Christie’s leading edge D4K40-RGB pure laser projectors, their amazing engineers and support, and Nationwide Video, who sets the standard in AV, Lighting & LED rentals to the Pro AV industry, we are very proud to be a part of this monumental event.”

For the mapping six ‘all-in-one’ 45,000 ISO lumen Christie D4K40-RGB projectors – provided by Nationwide Video – mapped the facade of the nearly 72-meter rocket, for a private event ahead of ULA’s launch for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).

Photo Credit: ULA

“It was a pleasure to work with the latest and brightest RGB laser projector on the market for this unique project,” says Philippe Bergeron, President of PaintScaping, which created the eye-catching content for the event. “We have a long history of working with Christie and Nationwide Video, and it was a joy to team up with them once again. The imposing structure of the rocket drove the narrative of this once in a life-time video mapping opportunity, with the Christie projection helping to deliver the impact we required. It is always a thrill to share the power of 3D projection mapping, and we enjoyed the challenge of delivering on the client’s vision.”

For the ULA mapping, PaintScaping used six Christie 45,000 lumens projectors, some of the strongest projectors ever for mapping. “PaintScaping is a virtuoso in 3D projection mapping storytelling, and we are thrilled PaintScaping chose Christie and Nationwide for this very special project,” says Zoran Veselic, President and COO, Christie.

Christie D4K40-RGB’s compact all-in-one design and long-lasting, reliable light source is an ideal choice for projection mapping. It produces greater than 95% of the Rec. 2020 color space for rich, vibrant, true-to-life visuals, and features built-in warping and blending with Christie Twist.

At Nationwide Video we couldn’t be happier than to continue such a powerful partnership like our with Paintscaping.  Enjoy the full video below and to see more of PaintScaping’s work, visit:


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