SPACEVR RAISES $1.25 MILLION{Traveling to space is about to get a good deal more easy


Traveling to space is about to get a good deal easier in the near future thanks to the continuing advancement of virtual reality technology. San Francisco-based SpaceVR is set to become the world’s first platform for creating live, cinematic, virtual space tourism using miniature satellites equipped with sophisticated VR cameras. The business has just declared that they've raised an ample amount of seed financing led by a $1 million investment from another along with Shanda Group $250,000 from Skywood Capital. The investments will be used to accelerate the continued development and launch of SpaceVR’s Overview 1, what they're saying will function as the world’s quite first virtual reality camera satellite.
SpaceVR is based in the center of San Francisco’s emerging nano-satellite business. The startup is looking to take advantage of the latest in miniaturized satellite technology to generate breath-taking and immersive space travel encounters that can be seen on all existing virtual reality devices. SpaceVR’s state of the art satellites, called Overview 1, will give users unbelievable panoramic views of Earth from space and allow them to experience the very first 360-degree video content from Low Earth Orbit. SpaceVR Creator and CEO Ryan Holmes will be introducing Overview 1 during his keynote remarks.
Their Overview 1 satellite and SpaceVR lets you experience space.
SpaceVR and their Overview 1 satellite allows you to experience space.
At the root of every significant difficulty – climate change, education systems that are awful, war, poverty – there's an error in perspective that these matters do ’t impact us, that these matters are different. We assembled Overview 1 to alter this. Opening up space tourism for everyone will provide a new viewpoint in how information is processed by us and how we see our world. Astronauts who've had the opportunity to experience Earth and outer space beyond its bounds share this perspective and it's inspired a better way to be championed by them. We believe that this can be the greatest precedence for mankind right now,” clarified Holmes.
The Overview 1 micro satellite.
The Overview 1 micro satellite.
The VR satellites offer users an unprecedented view of space, and the planet Earth that has only been available to a handful of fortunate astronauts. Now the strategy will be to launch a fleet of Earth-bound Overview 1 satellites, though send their cameras throughout the solar system and the firm expects to expand much beyond our planet.
After now and the successful backing in their Kickstarter effort this first round of investments, SpaceVR is on track to have their first demonstration Overview 1 satellite functional right as early 2017 and launched. While the satellite and the ground communication systems that are required remain developed, the firm will even be focusing on content delivery and distribution channels for their 3D orbital encounters. Although I ca’t picture the company may have much difficulty locating interest, finding the right outlet is an important step.
You'll be able to see the SpaceVR Kickstarter video here:

While the original strategy for SpaceVR and the Overview1 was to develop a camera to capture the experience aboard the International Space Station, they shifted directions and decided to develop their small autonomous satellites. With satellites which they command, SpaceVR wo’t be determined by the astronauts, that have limited time available, on the ISS for getting footage that is new, but instead they are able to simply do it themselves. SpaceVR is working on the development of Overview 1 with NanoRacks, a company that specializes in helping new firms develop and launch space technology capable of being deployed in the ISS. You can find out more about SpaceVR, and sign up to preorder a year’s worth of VR content (for just 35 dollars!) on their site. Discuss further in the SpaceVR forum over at

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If you want to visit space, you either need a Donald Trump-sized bundle check here or the type of patience just the Dalai Lama can relate to. A brand new business called SpaceVR desires to change all that, and if it's successful you'll only want a VR headset and $10 to orbit the Earth.

The business established a Kickstarter to make this occur. The strategy would be to send a miniature 12-camera rig that shoots three-dimensional, 360-degree video to the International Space Station aboard a resupply mission. As Isaac DeSouza, SpaceVR's cofounder and CTO puts it, "it's like Netflix, except you get to visit space." "It is LIKE NETFLIX, EXCEPT YOU CAN HEAD TO SPACE."

(In the space sector, planes which make parabolic flights are fondly referred to as "vomit comets." as soon as I told SpaceVR CEO Ryan Holmes that pairing that kind encounter with the occasionally dizzying side effects of VR seemed tenuous, he joked, "you'll only need to throw up before you go.")

You can get a yearlong subscription to SpaceVR up front by contributing $250, which also allows you early access to the content. Other contribution compensations contain matters of the camera, a Google Cardboard headset like 3D models and files, and there are amounts where you can sponsor entire school's worth of accessibility or a classroom to SpaceVR.

The first footage will be recorded in the Cupola Observatory, a bulbous compartment with seven windows that offer dizzying views of the spinning Earth below of the Space Station. They'll have the camera moves to different places around the ISS after SpaceVR gets a few recording sessions out of the way.


Eventually the goal will be to dwell stream the virtual reality experience, but the issue right now is bandwidth — especially, the ISS's connection to the World. The space station can send data at 300 megabits per second to Earth, but companies with gear on board only have entry to half of that. SpaceVR will have access to anywhere from three to six megabits per second constantly, thanks to its associate company NanoRacks, which runs the commercial lab aboard the space station. But DeSouza says they will be requesting more. SpaceVR would want access to do high-quality live streaming virtual reality DeSouza says.

Manner down the road Holmes and DeSouza see a number of other options for their virtual reality experiences, like joining astronauts on spacewalks, or riding in the spacecraft together as they re-enter the atmosphere of the Earth's. But that will have to wait until the first footage has been sent back and everything appears ok. "We're so dead-focused on 'just get it done' that the complete storytelling aspect is something we are going to have to look at later," Holmes says.

After my conversation with Holmes and DeSouza, they showed me some footage they filmed with a prototype camera during SpaceX's recent (unsuccessful) launch. I've heard enough about the powerful beauty of rocket launches to understand there's no substitute for being there. But virtual reality was definitely the next best thing.

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