If you are a human living on this place we call Earth then you’ve definitely looked into the sky and asked yourself, What’s really out there? What would it be like to be able to see the Earth from space? In 2016, there’s even those who challenge the current space models brought forth from scientists from all over the world. It seems as though there’s an uprising in curiosity and humans will not be satisfied until they can see specific details with their own eyes.
In the beginning of the year I caught a J.J. Abrams documentary series on YouTube called “Moon Shot” This series followed 9 teams of people from all over the world competing for the Google Lunar Prize. A $30 million prize to whom ever can get us to the moon and beyond. Needless to say I was inspired!
I instantly went into brainstorming mode trying to conceptualize the initial ideas in opening a virtual window into space using the current VR technology available. This led to another 3 months and hundreds of hours researching subjects like physics, satellites, rockets, elevators to space, telescopes, weather balloons and even sub-orbital space flight. Basically it’s become a passion project and am currently learning everything I need to know in order to make this happen.
Development phase has begun and just a few months away from being able to build a prototype camera rig that will be durable enough to traverse the edge of space. No, it will not be a satellite that orbits the Earth. After all, this is being done on a shoestring budget, without wealthy investors and scientists who are already flying rockets into space. It’s totally grassroots and local. It’s going to be a real accomplishment for an average person such as myself.
In order to keep this project as original as possible, there will be limited info given publicly. What can be said is that the finished product will be compatible with the many immersive VR technologies currently on the market as well as future interactive VR hardware and software.
Like with any project it’s going to go through it’s many phases. It will constantly be improved upon and modified as technology becomes accessible. The plan is to share it freely and eventually have it become a tool that schools can adopt and place into the classroom.
What child on earth isn’t interested in going into space? As an adult, that childhood dream never died. It got suppressed because certain people tell you, “It’s impossible.” or “You have to be really smart and work at NASA!” In 2016, we have technology to help us and it’s quickly becoming possible. In fact there’s more computing power in today’s smartphone then there was on any of the Apollo missions. We just have to think a little outside of the box to make it happen.
In terms of VR technology we are so close to being able to trick the brain into thinking that we can visit places without actually being there via virtual reality software and video games. Some physicists out there say it’s already a possibility and we can simulate a replica of our living and breathing universe. There’s even people like Elon Musk who are proposing that we may be literally living in a Virtual Reality construct. With that thought alone, we can literally make our dreams become reality.
UPDATE: The project was halted by unforeseeable restrictions and lack of finances available to fund this project. It’s on the back burner.