Twenty sets of AKG K171 MKII headphones and HSC271 headsets helped coordinate more than 1,000 events in 80 countries for World Space Week. Headquartered in the Austrian Space Forum’s mission control room, the headsets were used for the flight controller consoles at Mission Control, in addition to teleconferences in classrooms worldwide on every continent with the exception of Antarctica. “Like in any space mission, real or simulated, communication is everything. Loss of communication is one of the worst things to happen on a mission, whether it’s a space walk or during a critical experiment,” stated Dr. Gernot Groemer, president, Austrian Space Forum. “The AKG headsets were not only high quality from a manufacturing point of view, but also provided a high degree of ergonomics and crystal clear audio quality for those wearing the sets for hours at a time. The technology’s ability to block the noise from neighboring consoles was also very helpful for our missions.” Throughout 2013, the Austrian Space Forum was testing several technology candidates for a new organization-wide headset. The flight directors decided on AKG headsets permanently. Activities during the week included the WSW 2013 Mission to Mars – a 4-day simulation of a human Mars expedition at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah and a 5-person crew led by Dr. Jon Rask from the Space Biosciences Division at NASA Ames Research Center in California. Other highlights included field tests of the ExoMars Rover in Chile, rover testing by teams in the US, Poland, Germany and Hungary, as well as laboratory tests of the Gandolfi space suit in France and the Aouda.X spacesuit in Austria. www.akg.com
DPA strikes out into corporate world with 20-mic d:fine sale
London’s Blitz Communications has placed an initial order for 20 units of DPA’s d:fine headset microphones. In addition to live events, Blitz also provides services to the corporate conferencing market, which is primarily the sector for which Blitz acquired the d:fines.