NASA has announced that this Tuesday’s launch of Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft will be livestreamed in 360-degrees for viewers around the world.
It’ll be the first live 360-degree broadcast of a rocket launch, with the mission carrying cargo to resupply the International Space Station (ISS). The Cygnus spacecraft will launch on a ULA Atlas V rocket carrying more than 7,600 pounds of science research, crew supplies and hardware to the orbiting laboratory.
If you want to watch the launch it be viewed on the NASA Television YouTube channel starting 10 minutes prior to lift off, targeted for Tuesday, 18th April during a 30-minute window that opens at 11:11 a.m. EDT. While minimum viewing distance is typically miles away from the launch pad, the live 360-degree stream enables viewers to get a pads-eye view.
The 360-degree stream can be viewed via PC and controlled with a mouse or WASD keys, giving an immersive view around Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Or you can watch it via a smartphone. For the best experience you’ll want to combine the video with a virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) that has the YouTube app. Headsets such as Gear VR, Google Daydream, and Oculus Rift all do.
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