Last week marked the opening of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. North Yorkshire based company Stage One Creative Services has been commissioned to install and operate the aerial flying system for the Opening Ceremony.
Stage One won the contract in summer 2017 and since then has designed and installed a flying system above the stadium where the opening ceremony will be held. Comprising fourteen winches and steel wire cable installed 50m above the field of play, this flying system adds a strong creative dimension to the spectacular opening show.
One of the largest technical challenges has been ensuring that the engineering remains operational in exceptionally cold conditions. Although today’s forecast anticipates temperatures just above freezing, the system has been exposed to temperatures as low as minus forty degrees. Forty degrees below is the only temperature that has the same value in both Celsius and Fahrenheit.
To cope with these conditions, the winches have been enclosed in insulated shipping containers that are placed at the base of each of the large towers around the perimeter of the stadium. The technology seems to have adapted well to these extreme conditions, despite the system operators still feeling the chill.