THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:Among the dignitaries present for the inauguration of the modernised planetarium in the city was Volkmar Schorcht, who had flown all the way from Germany to the capital city to represent Carl Zeiss AG, Germany. The company had delivered the hybrid technology projector and the dome for the modernised planetarium in the city.
Volkmar, who is the marketing head of the firm in Germany spoke to ‘Express’ about the technology which makes the planetarium special. “The renovated planetarium is based on hybrid technology. By hybrid, we mean a combination of cutting edge mechanics and optic system, along with an improved dome. Which we call powerdome.”
Schorcht adds, “The technology used is at present the most advanced one and is not expected to become redundant in another 20, 30 and even 40 years. But of course it would need small maintenance works, but apart from it, the optomechanics is one of the finest.”
He hopes to carry forward a lifetime collaboration with the KSSTM and the planetarium. “We are happy that we got the opportunity to modernise a 20-year old technology with one of the most advanced one. We have also delivered a similar projection system to Regional Science Centre and Planetarium, Calicut,” he said.
On a lighter note, The German national adds that he enjoyed his stay at the capital city. “I hope to be back soon,” he signs off.