NASA to Launch Rocket Live in 360° Video

April 17, 2017

5:50 pm

The list of 360° on YouTube is a lot longer than it was just a few years ago. From a 4,000 foot drop to riding with the Blue Angels, there is no shortage of immersive excitement on the world’s most popular video site. And now, you can add to the list a rocket launched by NASA.

NASA, in coordination with  United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Orbital ATK, will broadcast the world’s first live 360° stream of a rocket launch. NASA’s cargo resupply mission will deliver 7,600 pounds of science research, crew supplies, and hardware to the International Space Station.

The 360° view will be around Space Launch Complete-41 Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida and viewers can catch a glimpse via laptop, YouTube App, or if you’re interested in a virtual reality experience, grab your VR headset and look around. You’ll feel as though you are on the launchpad!

The launch is scheduled for Tuesday, April 18th during a 30-minute window that opens at 11:11 a.m. EDT and may be viewed on the NASA Television YouTube channel starting 10 minutes prior to lift off.

NASA is seizing the opportunity to attract more of the general public to their latest innovations and expeditions through social media and advancements in video technology. Later on this month, NASA astronaut and Expedition 51 commander Peggy Whitson will take viewers 250 miles off the Earth to the International Space Station and star in the first live stream in Ultra High-Definition (UHD) as part of a panel discussion.

Read more about NASA’s innovations at Tech.Co.

Photo courtesy of NASA

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Tishin is a technology journalist and correspondent. She has written for TechCrunch, Demand Studios and Fitness, and has regular network segments on local Phoenix affiliate stations. She holds a Master's degree in Clinical and Sport psychology, and has covered many areas of technology ranging from 3D printing and game development to neurotech and funding for over 15 years.

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