|1958||The first Japanese-made planetarium, exhibited at Science Expo held at Hanshin Park.|
|First Japanese-Made Planetarium
After World War II, Chiyoda Optical Seiko Co., Ltd. (predecessor of Minolta Co., Ltd.) began immediately developing a Japanese planetarium projector.
The first projector was manufactured in November 1957.
|1963||Planetarium section established at the technical center of Minolta Camera Co., Ltd in Sakai, Osaka.|
|1970||“MS-15” installed in DeAnza and Foothill College at California, USA. The first Minolta Planetarium on American soil.|
|1985||The new generation of planetarium “INFINIUM” exhibited at Tsukuba Science Expo ’85.|
The INFINIUM was the world's first successful space simulator using a single-globe, single-lamp, star plate projection system. After its premier at the Tsukuba Science Expo '85, it was transformed into a permanent facility at the Tsukuba Expo Center.
|1988||To meet the growing planetarium market and the needs of consumers, Minolta Planetarium Co., Ltd. was established.|
|1994||The small optical projector simulating space travel “COSMOLEAP” installed in Sanyo Girls’ Senior High School at Hiroshima.|
|1994||The first planetarium to combine an optical star projector, the the “INFINIUM α”, with a fulldome digital projector premiered at the 1994 IPS Conference in Cocoa, Florida, USA.|
|1997||The first “GEMINISTAR”, the world’s first integrated planetarium installed in Discovery Park Yaizu at Shizuoka.|
|2001||The world’s first full-color, single-projector digital planetarium “MEDIAGLOBE” installed in Kazuaki Iwasaki Space Art Gallery at Shizuoka.|
The MEDIAGLOBE was the world’s first fulldome, full-color, single-projector, single-lens digital planetarium that combined sky functions with built-in audio and multimedia projection capabilities.
|2003||Company name changed to Konica Minolta Planetarium Co., Ltd. as a company group of Konica Minolta, Inc.|
|2004||Re-opened “Sunshine Planetarium” under direct management, currently named Konica Minolta Planetarium “MANTEN” in Sunshine City.|
|2008||Development and sales of “SUPER MEDIAGLOBE-II”, a 2.4K resolution single-projector digital planetarium.|
|2012||Opening of the Konica Minolta Planetarium “TENKU” in TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN® as a second direct management planetarium theater.|
|2015||Development and sales of the “Media Globe Σ (Sigma)” and “Infinium Σ (Sigma)”, start of the new “Σ” series of digital and optical planetarium projectors.|