NASA astronaut Tracy Ellen Caldwell-Dyson's self-portrait near the International Space Station porthole, while observing the Earth during the 24th space mission. Few people had the opportunity to look at this view from space. Will virtual reality be the way to make it more accessible?
This is the most stunning impression that many astronauts say when returning from space. It is difficult to convey in a photo, or even a video. However, the new company suggests that virtual reality in space will make the world more aware of the care needs of our planet.
Camera virtual reality will be sent to the International Space Station, the company promises SpaceVR. The camera is called “Overview One”, it will be located on board near the dome, which will allow you to observe the Earth at 360 degrees.
According to CEO Ryan Holmes, there is a certain group of people who want to get as close to space as possible.
“If I can give such an experience to the whole world, then we will see the same changes as in astronauts in everyone. And then we will live in a fundamentally different world, ”said the CEO of Discovery News. “This should happen as soon as possible!” SpaceVR recently completed the Kickstarter campaign, where $ 113, 000 was raised, although the initial goal was $ 100, 000. The money will be used to launch and certify the flight.
This money will be added, received from friends and family, and money that Holmes collected half a year before putting his idea to the public. He hopes to use Kickstarter as a platform to attract more investment in the near future, as he has big plans.
“We are experimenting with the possible construction of a network of small VR satellites (virtual reality) CubeSat so that people can see huge events from all over the world right from their homes,” Holmes says. These small satellites will also be launched from the International Space Station, but no firm can say for sure when this will happen.
The 360-degree virtual reality camera should be launched on the space station in the second quarter of 2016, but the launch vehicle has not yet been selected. The first frames should be available in September. According to Holmes, by that time, the base of customers who will pay for the video should be ready, but it’s not yet decided how to attract them.