NOORDUNG / A Voyage Through Our Solar System is an experimental short film showcasing the beauties of our solar system. It is a personal project dedicated to the Slovene rocket engineer and pioneer of cosmonautics Herman Potocnik Noordung. He is chiefly remembered for his work addressing the long-term human habitation of space.
At the end of 1928, he published his sole book, Das Problem der Befahrung des Weltraums - der Raketen-Motor (The Problem of Space Travel - The Rocket Motor) in Berlin. Potočnik's book described geostationary satellites (first put forward by Konstantin Tsiolkovsky) and discussed communication between them and the ground using radio, but fell short of the idea of using satellites for mass broadcasting and as telecommunications relays (developed by Arthur C. Clarke in his Wireless World article of 1945). The wheel-shaped space station served as an inspiration for further development by Wernher von Braun in 1952. Von Braun saw orbiting space stations as a stepping stone to travel to other planets. In 1968, Stanley Kubrick's ground-breaking film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, depicted such a role for "Space Station V".
Production / Direction: Kristijan Tavcar
Visualization: Kristijan Tavcar
Music: Kai Engel
Special thanks to: NASA and ESA