Top 9 Virtual Reality Space Travel Experiences
Currently, space travels seem like an exclusive activity accessible only by the affluent 1% of our society. VR media producers and studios are leveraging the power of virtual reality through immersive space tours to provide the average Joe with a shot at interstellar travels.
If you’re interested in seeing beyond the Earth but are physically and mentally dwarfed by the daunting the infinite universe, take a look at our list of space VR experiences that you can enjoy in your own bedroom.
Justin Davis, Australian game developer and 3D artist, singlehandedly developed a virtual reality game, “Lucid Space Dreams”, in 2013 when Oculus Rift was first released. That was the prototype for his later VR game Space Dream where you are Jason
VeeR interviewed Justin in June on how he developed the game, and you can read the full interview right here.
Zero 2 Infinity is a private Spanish company founded in 2009 by aerospace engineer Jose Mariano López-Urdiales.
The company has been operating high-altitude balloons for access to near-space and low-Earth orbit using a balloon-borne pod and a balloon-borne launcher, and launching small payloads to high altitudes, for scientific institutions and commercial firms for testing purposes. Their launch system has a significantly lower impact on the environment, an advantage over conventional systems. This Zero 2 Infinity video is an example of their balloon launch.
This 360° video was recorded in 2016 winter in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia – with a paying MiGFlug customer from Switzerland, during an Edge of Space flight.
While filming, the 360 camera was attached to the vertical stabilizer of the MiG-29 Fulcrum, and had to sustain moving speeds almost twice the sound of speed. This video was made at the highest altitude attainable by a regular airplane.
Lauren Francesca @iwantmylauren is an internet personality, actress and model. Her YouTube channel has 264k subscribers to date, and her “SPACE GIRL” series alone has raked in 365,974 views as of December 13th, 2017. Of the entire wonderful series mixing comedy and adventure, two episodes were recorded in 360: “Space Girl: Training Day” and “Space Girl: Marooned!“.
SpaceEngine is a 3D astronomy program and game engine developed by Russian astronomer and programmer Vladimir Romanyuk. It’s widely adopted by content creators to produce three-dimensional planetarium experiences representing the universe, constructed by a combination of real astronomical data and scientifically-accurate procedural generation algorithms.
The software is currently only available for Windows (download here).
Eyedentity360 is a media production conglomerate founded in 2004. It’s executed a number of projects in Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 360 capturing, visualization and designs among others, including hardware development such as VR simulators, headsets, and other electronics.
The video features the viewer as an astronaut in a launching spaceship. Audience gets to enjoy stunning views of the earth and the vast universe during their travel.
This space rollercoaster experience was made with Replay Mod, a Modification for the popular sandbox game Minecraft, which allows you to record, replay and share your gaming experience. This handy and lightweight tool enables you to easily share your recordings——mind you, a recording with Replay Mod that’s around 1 hour is less than 10 mb.
VeeR interviewed the developer of Replay Mod, CrushedPixel aka Marius Metzger, an 18-year-old gamer and professional software developer with his own Minecraft channel on YouTube. Read to find out how he swept through the Minecraft community with his killer program.
Red Mast Media is a media production company based in UK and Germany. RMM’s creative director has extensive experience working as a project engineer for BBC on nation-wide programs as a satellite truck engineer, from where he was transferred to a news and entertainment photographer and editor: a role he held for twelve years.
This video gives a technical/geeky look to space travel by showing you a dashboard of controls, graphs and metrics while floating over the Earth. You’re also engaged in radio communication with your mysterious teammates. Freshly off the spaceship, you aboard an all-terrain vehicle for a hill-top ride. This experience gives you an authentic experience as an futuristic astronaut.
VR 360 TV’s channel is dedicated to VR 360 videos rendered at 4K.
This video features an incredible space journey to Jupiter and the Moon. With a majestic, solemn piano score playing in the background, you slowly fly back and forth between Jupiter’s moons and the gas giant planet itself.
You can also go to the VR Space 360 Collection to find more such amazing space virtual reality experience.
If you can think of any other virtual reality space experiences, let us know in the comments below!
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