Take on a heart stopping mission 250 miles above our home on your first spacewalk.
Inspired by the NASA training programs used by British astronaut Tim Peake, Home – A VR Spacewalk enables would-be astronauts to embark on a spacewalk 250 miles above the Earth’s surface, something only a few people have ever done for real. They are tasked with making a repair on the outside of the International Space Station, before being confronted with a heart stopping emergency situation.
Heart Stopping Science Story
Home combines a strong interactive narrative and sense of drama with the incredible impact possible in an immersive experience to encourage and enhance the public’s interest in space. It was worked on together with the BBC Studios Science Unit, NASA and ESA. It encompasses randomised views of the earth and atmospheric phenomenon, enabling audience members to come away with different story experiences and the story itself can adapt to the players heart beat to calm or heighten moments of drama.
A 360 Content Experience
This groundbreaking fully interactive VR experience brought audiences a location based experience including haptic feedback and bio monitoring, an app store release on all major platforms and a series of 360 films with astronauts speaking about their experience of gazing down at our Home.
A Full Sensory Experience
Integrated Bluetooth heart rate monitors feedback into the experience and recreate the sound of your own heartbeat. A treated live mic feed relays the sound of your own breathing. Haptics provide physical feedback of the rumbles and knocks and for special live viewings a live Voice Actor can take over the role of your fellow astronaut. Observing, and responding to your predicament, heightening the realism and immersion.
Home took me back to space
Nicole Stott, NASA Astronaut
The Overview Effect
Three 360 videos drew on models from the experience to create broadcast quality graphics. Allowing audiences to gaze down on earth, alive with phenomenon from outside the ISS and whilst listening to the real life experiences of astronauts Helen Sharman, Ron Garan and Luca Parmitano. Narrating the story of when they first gazed down at our Home.
I hope that having this chance to engage in such a realistic spacewalk experience will help inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and explorers.
Tim Peake, British Astronaut