WATCH: Virtual reality satellite will allow us to see Earth like never before

The very first VR satellite will launch into orbit in June 2017

WATCH: Virtual reality satellite will allow us to see Earth like never before

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The world's first virtual reality camera satellite will launch into space in June next year.

Virtual reality platform SpaceVR has announced it has signed a launch agreement with NanoRacks LLC to send 'Overview 1' - the world’s first virtual reality camera satellite - into space.

Overview 1 will be delivered to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the SpaceX CRS-12 Mission in June 2017. The satellite will then be deployed into low earth orbit from the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer.

The concept of a VR camera satellite was first put forward by SpaceVR back in 2015 as a Kickstarter project that planned to send an advanced 3D camera to the ISS, but failed to raise the necessary funding.

In April of this year, the start-up revealed it had received an investment of US$1.25m - which is to be used to help launch the first VR camera satellite into low Earth orbit.

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The company's debut satellite will use 4K sensors to capture extremely high resolution, fully immersive, 360-degree video of every moment that occurs on Earth.

The content will be viewable on any virtual reality device, ranging from smartphones to the Oculus Rift.

 

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Ryan Holmes is the founder and CEO of SpaceVR.

“My dream, when I first had this idea at a hackathon 1.5 years ago, was to launch a VR satellite with NanoRacks. It seemed crazy and borderline unachievable," he said.

"Now we are signed, paid, and moving towards something exponentially more borderline unachievable.

"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.”