The La Coupole bunker complex in the south of France on the coast of the Pas-de-Calais was built by the Nazis during World War II specifically for launching V-2 missiles aimed at London and the southern regions of England. Later, Allied air force turned it into ruins, and in September 1944 it was captured and partially demolished by order of Winston Churchill.
However, its “rocket” story did not end there. In the 60s, the destroyed complex was restored and used as part of the US Apollo space program. With the closure of the program, it was abandoned for a while, then turned into a military museum in the 90’s, of which the planetarium became a part.
The planetarium was recently renovated with a new digital system that can create 3D images in 10K resolution. As a result, planetarium visitors will have access to ultra-realistic images, thanks to the unique combination of SkyExplorer 2021 software and 12 Sony VPL-GTZ380 4K projectors in a 15-meter digital dome.
SXRP laser projectors, capable of delivering 10,000 lumens and supporting 100% DCI-P3 color gamut with the slightest color nuances, will “paint” the ideal picture of near and deep space.
As part of the project, new seats will be upgraded with control panels in the armrests to interact with the planetarium visitors.