Immersive content studio REWIND is joining forces with space industry experts, In-Space Missions, to remove the barriers that stand between most of humanity and outer space. The project has been termed SpaceTime Enterprises.
The venture will begin by launching multiple satellites into low orbit to capture and broadcast real-time video of the entire earth. Using VR and AR technologies, consumers, students, ecologists, scientists and more will be able to experience this unique view of the planet – a view only previously available to astronauts, now free of the risks and financial boundaries of space travel.
“Our goal is to present consumers and businesses with an experience that goes way beyond a view from space,” says Sol Rogers, CEO of REWIND. “By bringing live, world-class imagery to cutting-edge VR and AR headsets, we’re going to give the world a gift — the ability to go on a journey and experience space in a way that has never been possible in the past without hopping on a rocket. In addition, through bleeding-edge ground-processing, we will also be using the collected data to create the most current gigapixel map of the Earth’s surface. This incredible asset will, initially, never be more than 11 hours old in its entirety as the satellite majestically passes over the earth’s surface, and this time will decrease dramatically as we add additional satellites.”
Currently all low orbit satellite views of earth only show a narrow-angle view, SpaceTime will allow users to see an entire earth view, in the highest resolution possible. The project is expected to have a revolutionary, and even disruptive, influence on numerous sectors including: entertainment, broadcasting, education, meteorology and more.
Whilst the VR and AR experience will vary between different platforms and applications, SpaceTime will also feature the ability to overlay information about the planet, meteorological systems, atmospheric phenomenon, celestial bodies and more, over the users’ view.
“Imagine being able to look down on the planet in VR and having all of the information about what you’re seeing right there in front of your eyes, or teaching your children about the Earth’s weather whilst it hovers in real-time in the middle of your living room through AR. Given the unquestionable benefits, once the satellites are aloft in low Earth orbit, nothing will ever be the same. ” adds Doug Liddle, CEO at In-Space Missions.
SpaceTime is set to launch across the third and fourth quarter of 2019. Further investment in the project is currently being sought to help accelerate the programme and provide a greater offering on launch.