We fabricated a 15ft long satellite model for motion control filming on Tony Scott’s ‘Enemy of the State’.
It was suspended from the roof of the studio and was filmed from multiple angles to produce the variety of shots in the film. Extensive reference was taken from real satellites in various national museums, to achieve the realistic finish to this unique design.
Is this at all based on the design of a realistic satellite, or are four big engines opposite a giant dish with a cylindrical secondary reflector, (never mind that it seems to do optical imaging using the dish) not consistent with any known design?
It's a Hollywood movie who's plot is based on the interaction between characters on the ground and the model is used only in brief shots to convey a general idea, and so it needs to create an impression rather than be technically correct.
Still, the model is "cool looking" and I wondered if there's anything that even looks like it in reality.
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