Wannabe space tourists are still waiting for commercial operators to make good on their reservations for traveling to the outer edges of the Earth’s atmosphere, but in the meantime there is this: virtual space tourism.
SpaceVR, which has built a virtual reality platform for transmitting live, space-based images of “cinematic” quality, has hired NanoRacks to launch the world’s first VR camera satellite. NanoRacks, a Webster, Texas-based company specializing in CubeSats deployment, in turn has hitched a ride on a SpaceX spacecraft set to deliver sundry supplies and cargo to the International Space Station next June.
After reaching the ISS, the satellite — dubbed Overview 1 — then will be placed into low Earth orbit from a NanoRacks CubeSat deployer.
“SpaceVR aims to give everyone the opportunity to experience the truly infinite, boundless universe through virtual reality,” the San Francisco-based company said in announcing its pact with NanoRacks on Aug. 8.
Overview 1 will use 4K sensors to capture high-res panoramic video of Earth imagery, viewable on any virtual reality device.
“This is the most important milestone to date for SpaceVR, and we’re honored to share it with a group of pioneers that have been pushing what’s achievable since before we were born,” SpaceVR CEO Ryan Holmes said. “Let’s launch cool shit into space!”
SpaceVR completed a $1.25 million seed funding round in April. NanoRacks is a SpaceVR investor.
“SpaceVR promises to open a new era in connecting consumers worldwide to the beauty of outer space, and we are ready to be part of that effort,” NanoRacks chief Jeffrey Manber said.