With Elon Musk’s Space X project aiming to bring the fantasy of space travel for everyone into reality, this has led to a renewed interest in the concept of space travel and what it would be like to view out planet from space. A new project called SpaceTime Enterprises plans to give everyone a chance to get that view with the power of virtual reality (VR).
Immersive content studio REWIND have partnered with space industry company In-Space Missions for an ambitious endeavour to give everyone on the planet a chance to look down on the Earth from space.
The first step in the ambitious plan for SpaceTime enterprises involves launching multiple satellites into low Earth orbit. These satellites will capture and broadcast live, real-time immersive video of the entire Earth. Using VR and augmented reality (AR) technologies, users will be able to get a glimpse from a perspective usually only available to astronauts.
“Our goal is to present consumers and businesses with an experience that goes way beyond a view from space,” says Sol Rogers, CEO of REWIND. “By bringing live, world-class imagery to cutting-edge VR and AR headsets, we’re going to give the world a gift — the ability to go on a journey and experience space in a way that has never been possible in the past without hopping on a rocket. In addition, through bleeding-edge ground-processing, we will also be using the collected data to create the most current gigapixel map of the Earth’s surface. This incredible asset will, initially, never be more than 11 hours old in its entirety as the satellite majestically passes over the earth’s surface, and this time will decrease dramatically as we add additional satellites.”
The aim is to allow users of SpaceTime to get an entire Earth view, in the highest possible resolution with information overlays that are not only beautiful but also useful for education and research.
“Imagine being able to look down on the planet in VR and having all of the information about what you’re seeing right there in front of your eyes, or teaching your children about the Earth’s weather whilst it hovers in real-time in the middle of your living room through AR. Given the unquestionable benefits, once the satellites are aloft in low Earth orbit, nothing will ever be the same.” says Doug Liddle, CEO at In-Space Missions.
SpaceTime is set to launch in Q3 or Q4 of 2019. further updates on SpaceTime enterprises will be covered here on VRFocus.