SpaceVR has been collecting money on kickstarter for almost 6 months now, with the aim of putting VR 360 Degree Cameras into space.
They have three aims: The first is to get a VR Camera up to the International Space Station and downlink the data to earth, to allow backers to see the earth in full 360 degree 3D on their VR headset. This would be pretty cool, I’m sure you’ll agree, but their next to aims are even more impressive, the next step would be to land a camera on the Moon and then, onto Mars. Can they achieve these aims? Well, it’s a tall order, but they do seem pretty confident.
Now, I hate to be a cynic, but I do wonder what SpaceVR are going to offer on Mars over and above what the Mars Curiosity rover sent back to us recently. Look at the below with your VR viewer, you’ll be able to see VR pictures, and you can even make the curiosity ‘move around’ on the surface of the planet, the pictures are great quality too:
Mars Gigapixel Panorama – Curiosity rover: Martian solar days 136-149
But, it seems that lots of people are interested in this and SpaceVR have so far raised over $100,000 for their mission. It’ll be interesting to see if they can pull it off and if this launches (excuse the pun) more interest in this area from the ESA and NASA.
Pictures From The ISS:
If you’re interested in having a look around the ISS, then you can do so on the ESA website here. This allows you to ‘navigate’ around the space station with a series of (very good) 360 degree photos. For now though, get your VR headset on and browse to this timelapse of the earth from the ISS, it’s not 360 degree, but it is certainly beautiful, and viewed in 3D on a VR viewer, it’s even better: