Visiting the space is a luxury reserved for a very small number of people. Much less is reserved for the opportunity to have an experience of walking in space. Even billionaires who can afford a trip beyond our planet’s atmosphere – or at least somewhere nearby – can only look outside their spaceships.
Episodes 3 and 4 of the engaging Space Explorers: The ISS Experience series, however, will give viewers an alternative to feeling what it’s like to float in space. To make this possible, Felix & Paul Studios, one of the creators of the series, customized a virtual reality camera and attached it to the robot Canadarm2 to capture 360-degree 3D scenes from outside the space station.
Felix & Paul’s “Outer Space Camera” is a custom version of the commercially available Z-Cam V1 Pro. It has nine 4K sensors that can capture 360 degree 3D images with 8K resolution. The chamber has also been modified to withstand harsh conditions including UV radiation, extreme temperatures and micrometeoroid impacts. The team attached it to the Canadarm2 robotic arm, which moves around the station’s external structure.
Jonathan Woods, the series executive producer for Time Studios (one of the entities behind the project, along with NASA), said:
“Capturing the Earth in stereoscopic 3D, 360 degree format from space, outside the space station, has never been attempted until now. It’s beyond thrilling and surreal to see this happening, knowing that the dream for this ambitious project started more than five years ago, in 2015.”
Episodes 3 and 4 will be available this fall and winter, respectively, in 360-degree mobile format on 5G-enabled devices through leading operators worldwide including LGU+ in South Korea, KDDI in Japan, Orange in France and Deutsche Telekom in Germany. They will also be available as fully immersive VR experiences in the Oculus Store for the Rift, Quest and Quest 2 headphones.