What better way is there to get a real feel of being on another planet than capturing real life footage and transforming into VR data that will blow our minds. Well, that’s what’s about to happen with thanks to startup SpaceVR. The company will launch virtual reality cameras into orbit to capture and bring back the amazing space video to be used as VR data.
The eight cameras that will go into space will be housed inside a large thermos-sized device that will capture around two to three hours of footage per month. After a total of nine months, the device will fall out of orbit and burn up during re-entry to Earth. It will remain in orbit via X and S band microwave radio transmissions. To get the device up there, the company plan to hop onboard one of SpaceX’s launches in August. It may well cost mega bucks, but considering the company raised $1.25 million last year to invest in VR projects that are designed to have a positive impact on society, that shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
The SpaceVR satellite will only live on Earth a little while longer, then it will spend its last day beaming VR footage from orbit. IMAGE: MASHABLE
Ryan Holmes, SpaceVR’s CEO, explains how he got his inspiration for the project by seeing what happened to astronauts after they go into space. He says, “I saw what happened to astronauts after that experience. I saw them as being much better people, much more connected to other people [as a result of] seeing our place in the universe. I realized that once that happens to everyone, we’ll fundamentally live in a different world as a species because we’ll all think differently. My goal is to catalyze that [astronaut experience] by sending this VR camera into space so people can really see what it’s like.”
SpaceVR’s project looks to move away from the standard coded reality that we’re used to seeing and plunging deep into the realms of stimulating and realistic VR. And with an employee list that includes former NASA engineer, Blaze Sanders, and a board of space professionals on hand for guidance, that shouldn’t bee too much of a problem.