SpaceVR: Step into Space

Created by SpaceVR

Giving everyone the opportunity to explore space by putting a virtual reality camera on the International Space Station!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

SpaceVR's New Contract with Pumpkin, VR Kids Program, and BackerKit Update
about 4 years ago – Mon, Jun 27, 2016 at 03:16:20 PM

Hello VRnauts,

Our rocket launch and Kickstarter reward fulfillment dates are quickly approaching. We are GO for launch and started building flight hardware and software 4 weeks ago!

Before we go into the updates, here is your chance to get closer to the VR world AND help us get the best VR content to you.

We also have a 20 second 3 question survey http://spacevr.polldaddy.com/s/customer-research One random entry will get unlimited VR content for 3 years! Feel free to share the URL with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Press Release: 

CLICK IMAGE FOR FULL PRESS RELEASE
CLICK IMAGE FOR FULL PRESS RELEASE

 

We recently announced our new contract with Pumpkin, Inc. Pumpkin will support us to build Overview 1 CubeSat bus hardware and flight hardware.

...“By selecting Pumpkin as our prime contractor, SpaceVR builds upon over thirty years of experience to ensure that we create a stable and robust technological architecture that functions now, but also scales into our future goal of live cinematic virtual space tourism,” said Blaze Sanders, SpaceVR CTO...

Read full release: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/06/prweb13503130.htm

VR Kids Program:

We delivered one and are preparing to ship out the other three Samsung GearVR's to the VR Kids Program winners. They will be getting a Samsung GearVR, the newest Samsung S7 phone, Unlimited VR Content forever, and a custom lesson plan developed by SpaceVR's new school outreach and community builder Tomoya Mori:

  • Risskov Skole - Risskov, Denmark 
  • Academy for Science and Design - Nashua, NH 
  • Marryatville High School - Adelaide, Australia 
  • Broadway Mandarin Immersion Elementary School - Venice, CA
Our CEO Ryan Holmes delivers of the first of 4 Gear VRs we're giving away to schools to get them jumpstarted on VR! Allowing children to experience our small place in an infinite universe early is key!!
Our CEO Ryan Holmes delivers of the first of 4 Gear VRs we're giving away to schools to get them jumpstarted on VR! Allowing children to experience our small place in an infinite universe early is key!!

BackerKit Update:

Our $750 backers will also be getting their gold plated Samsung GearVR's soon. We have all the Samsung GearVR's in house and we will be starting work with iOS Optics (our gold plating supplier) in Santa Clara, CA in July. Ahead of schedule :)

Samsung GearVR & Galaxy S7 Launch Tower!
Samsung GearVR & Galaxy S7 Launch Tower!

For backers who have not answered their BackerKit surveys yet, please visit www.spacevr-step-into-space.backerkit.com. 91.3% of you have been super responsive to answering our BackerKit survey—even though it may not seem like much as an individual backer, it's tremendously helpful in keeping track of all 1382 of you!

Lastly, this week we will be charging all of the pre-orders in BackerKit (NOT the credit cards from the Kickstarter. You have already been charged).

Thank you for your continued support...we would not be going to space without you!

Ad Astra,

The SpaceVR Team

 

UPDATE: CAMERA, TEAM, AND SOFTWARE
about 4 years ago – Sat, May 07, 2016 at 04:58:25 PM

This post is for backers only. Please visit Kickstarter.com and log in to read.

Overview 1 - World's 1st Virtual Reality Satellite
about 4 years ago – Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 06:42:14 PM

Hello VRnauts, 

We have some extremely exciting news to share with you! We've just raised $1,250,000 to build and launch the world's first virtual reality camera cube satellite!

Meet Overview 1.

Drag the above Overview 1 3D model around, and click on the annotations to learn more. 

Overview 1 functional prototype
Overview 1 functional prototype

A CubeSat architecture will allow us to capture VR content constantly in a fully immersive space environment, and scales engineering wise to Moon and Mars exploration easily. It also allows you to see the beauty of space as if you were floating in low earth orbit (200 to 400 km).

Here is the most recent image taken with the Overview 1 camera system.

Overview 1 test image of the Bay Bridge in San Francisco
Overview 1 test image of the Bay Bridge in San Francisco

Timeline

Our updated timeline is to have the Overview 1 launched in early 2017. We will be transferring our ISS camera, data bus, and processing unit technology into the CubeSat architecture to minimize timeline delays. KickStarter hardware reward fulfilment is ahead of schedule, so please fill out the BackerKit surveys emailed out to you last week and today. This will allow you to update your shipping address and credit card information. We have reopened the pre-order campaign again for 30 days, so if you missed the KickStarter rewards there is still a chance to get cool stuff. We are doing this to get a better understanding of our target market (e.g Sweden has the 2nd most number of VRnauts) and to test our website. Just CLICK HERE to pre-order today.

SpaceVR Gantt Chart
SpaceVR Gantt Chart

Join Us

The Overview 1 CubeSat will be debuting at the 2016 Silicon Valley Virtual Reality (SVVR) Conference and Expo at 10 am on April 28th (TODAY!). Following this keynote at SVVR we will be holding a space filled after party at the Silicon Valley Capital Club from 6 to 10 pm PST. For more info and to RSVP visit https://uploadtospace.splashthat.com

Team

From left, Bradley Farquhar, Varun Vruddhula, Ryan Holmes, Blaze Sanders, and Tim Debenedictus.
From left, Bradley Farquhar, Varun Vruddhula, Ryan Holmes, Blaze Sanders, and Tim Debenedictus.

The SpaceVR Team has never been better, and continues to grow. As you can see we are a team of five now, and are looking to bring on three more positions. 

  • Linux Embedded Software Engineer with 3+ years experience 
  • Hands-On Systems Engineer with 2+ CubeSat launches
  • PR / Sales intern to help with VRnaut community communication and growth

Ad Astra,  

The SpaceVR Team

Hard at Work!
over 4 years ago – Wed, Mar 02, 2016 at 07:56:38 PM

This post is for backers only. Please visit Kickstarter.com and log in to read.

Congratulations to our VR Kids Program Winners!!!
over 4 years ago – Thu, Nov 05, 2015 at 05:42:26 PM

Hello VRnauts,

We would like to thank all those who participated and helped spread the word about our VR Kids Program!!! Voting has come to an end and we have our winners!

Congratulations to:

Risskov Skole - Risskov, Denmark 

Academy for Science and Design - Nashua, NH 

Marryatville High School - Adelaide, Australia 

Broadway Mandarin Immersion Elementary School - Venice, CA

Our winners will receive a Samsung Gear VR, a Samsung Galaxy S6, and the Unlimited SpaceVR Content Forever Package! We will be contacting these schools early next year to handle logistics. Remember our pre-ordering ends November 8th so be sure to share our pre-order link wherever you can! 

https://spacevr-step-into-space.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders

SpaceVR in the news! - Check out Blaze Sanders’ interview on The Space Show with David Livingston at 

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2573-BWB-2015-10-27.mp3 

You can ask questions about the interview at https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com/2015/10/28/blaze-sanders-tuesday-10-27-15/

Ad Astra, 

The SpaceVR Team