First Virtual Reality Camera Satellite Locks in 2017 Launch

[Via Satellite 08-19-2016] SpaceVR, a semi-crowdfunded company that aims to be the first to launch a Virtual Reality (VR) camera satellite into orbit, has taken its first definite step toward launch by signing a contract with NanoRacks to deploy its VR satellite, Overview 1, from the International Space Station (ISS). Overview 1 is slated to reach the ISS as part of SpaceX’s CRS-12 mission, following which the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer (NRCSD) will deploy the satellite into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) in 2017.

SpaceVR aims to give subscribers the opportunity to experience the universe through virtual reality. Its debut satellite will use 4K sensors to capture high-resolution, fully immersive, 360-degree video of Earth, and the content will be viewable on any virtual reality device, including smartphones, Oculus Rift, and extreme resolution devices such as the StarVR.

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