Ascent Performance Videos Online

Didn’t make it to Ascent in May?  No sweat!  Below are four videos from the live performance May 19th.  Let us know what you think! Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

LAST CHANCE: Ascent Tonight at 7 & 9 PM

Last night’s audiences were stunned by the amazing imagery featured in Ascent along with the the beautiful, live musical score.  The last two performances of Ascent are tonight at 7 & 9 PM.  Don’t miss your last chance to See Kansas City as Never Before! Location: Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium, Union Station Date: Tonight, May 19th … Continue reading

Dark Matter Helps Fox 4 at “School Day at the K”

Jumbotron with Live Feed

Dark Matter worked today with Fox 4 at their annual School Day at the K” event.  We launched a weather balloon with live camera transmitter and were able to show real-time images from our balloon camera on the jumbotron.  Our balloon reached over 95,000 feet today!  You can see images of Kansas City from this … Continue reading

Dark Matter Limited Edition Poster

Ascent Poster

Dark Matter is proud to unveil our poster for Ascent, featuring a stunning image of Kansas City taken from 95,000 feet up.  The poster is 11″X17″ and is available to purchase for $10.  All proceeds support the production of Ascent.   Please email info@darkmatterkc.com to order a poster.

Kansas City: See Yourself as Never Before

One of the dazzling images of Kansas City photographed from near-space featured in "Ascent."

  Ascent: Critically acclaimed performances reveal Kansas City from the edge of space on a huge, 60 foot screen accompanied by live music and narration. May 18 at 7PM and 9PM,   May 19 at 7PM and 9PM at  Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium at Union Station Ticket Price: $15 To Purchase Tickets:   (816)460-2020, http://www.unionstation.org   Kansas City: See Yourself … Continue reading

The Official Promotional Trailer for “Ascent”

As we approach the performance of “Ascent” May 18 and 19, we’d like to share with you a taste of the music and imagery you’ll see and hear. The video is available in HD if you watch it directly on YouTube. Enjoy!  

Ascent 2 Balloon Project Update

We are now in the video editing and production phase of the project. I met with a couple of faculty from KCAI yesterday afternoon and started laying out the framework for the full dome video. Work on the video may also come from students in the Blue Valley KS school district CAPS program. Initially we … Continue reading

Dark Matter Ascent Flight 2

This past Wednesday we had our second flight. This time the recovery went to Illinois to retrieve the balloon! Some pictures as seen from the Canon Camera– http://youtu.be/wgRxtVSIDTs Some 4-5 second clips from the GoPro camera — http://youtu.be/hMzBCbzErGM The last minute of images from the Canon camera — http://youtu.be/wcAm4TQTC5Q The first minute or so at release – very … Continue reading

Yesterday’s Flight

Some updates on yesterday’s marathon flight: -Duration of approximately 4.5 hours covering a ground distance of about 223 miles from launch to touch down. -Top speed of 92 MPH with much of it from 60-80 MPH.  Average ground speed of 50 MPH. -Peak altitude of 87,320 reached right at the border of Illinois and Missouri. … Continue reading

Map of Today’s Aerial “Roadtrip”

This map says it all: With today’s flight we literally crossed the entire state of Missouri, launching from just over the western border in Kansas to landing approximately 15 miles east of the border with Illinois.  If the pictures turn out, we should have an aerial “roadtrip” view crossing the entire state from Kansas City … Continue reading

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