Exploring Outer Space with VR
BY KAYLA NOBREGA
Outer Space is a world most of us will only ever experience by looking up at the night sky.
We watch astronauts with fascination because of the information they bring back from their explorations; and if you are as adventurous as I am, then I am sure it has crossed your mind to be able to go out and see the world – from a window of the space station – yourself.
We are able to do that now! Through VR technology, you can turn your living room into a space ship and stare out at the stars while you float around the high-tech equipment. There are all kinds of software available for you to be able to immerse yourself in an Outer Space experience and feel like the astronauts do.
Did you know that The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) uses VR to train astronauts? The VR technology is for astronauts who are not yet ready for the Neutral Buoyancy Lab; a hydro-simulation of the feeling of zero gravity.
The VR training takes place in a seat, with a headset and gloves that allow you to climb along the space station to change a battery, as well as to control the safety jet pack jacket in case of emergencies.
Jetting off into space takes millions of dollars a time, and so training is not possible on the field. VR as a training solution provides more affordable and less time-consuming access to immersive and interactive experience.
If VR is being used so effectively in the space exploration industry; how do you think your industry will benefit from it?