Over 20 years International space station accepted crews from two to 13 cosmonauts at the same time. However, he will soon open his hatches to a continuous stream of over 100 people – and you can join them.
“ENDLESS: Life among the stars, “an exciting new traveling exhibit, will open the space station to the public, connecting to the largest media project ever filmed in space.”
“With INFINITE, over 100 concurrent users will be able to freely navigate a customized copy of the International Space Station, in which they will have access to breathtaking footage that we will be filming on the ISS,” Paul Raphael, co-founder of Felix & Paul Studios, said in a video message.
International Space Station: inside and outside (infographic)
Over the past two years, Felix & Paul Studios has partnered with TIME Studios with eight international astronauts to film over 200 hours of VR (virtual reality) footage on the space station. In 2020, the studios began to release “Space Explorers: ISS Experience, “an immersive four-piece series for Oculus headsets.” THE INFINITE “is expanding this project to bring the feeling of being in space to more viewers.
“From the very beginning, this project was originally designed as a cross-platform so that we can reach billions of people around the world,” said Rafael.
“THE INFINITE”, which launches in Montreal this summer, combines the VR headset experience with a 10,000 square foot (930 square meters) installation.
Users entering ENDLESS will navigate the International Space Station to find and interact with virtual spheres or other objects moving around the complex that they can manipulate with their hands. Accessing the spheres will reveal footage captured on a real space station.
Users will also interact with physical objects, such as at the end of the experience when they sit on chairs to watch spacewalk outside the ISS.
“We’re going to take another immersive camera system out of the space station, and we’re going to attach it to the Canadian arm. [Canadarm2 robotic arm] what we are going to use as a sky crane to shoot a full spacewalk in virtual reality, ”said Felix Lagenesse of Felix & Paul.
After watching a spacewalk and 35 minutes of free-roaming virtual reality footage, users take off their headsets and roam through a range of environments to “gently lower them to Earth.” The first set of its kind was created by visual artist and composer Ryoji Ikeda, whose art explores the aesthetics of mathematical formulas.
“We wanted to create a visual storytelling, a doorway, to invite the audience to not only understand the content documenting life in space, but also to reveal the poetry and the strong connection we have with space exploration,” said Phoebe Greenberg. founder of PHI Studio, which together with Felix & Paul Studios created Infinity Experiences.
Round Room Live, Entertainment Producer and Promoter, has partnered with Felix & Paul and PHI to bring “ENDLESS: Life among the stars“to venues across North America over the next five years. More cities, tour dates and ticket information will be announced at a later date, but the tour is expected to reach 1.2 million viewers.”
Infinity Experiences also plans to release a digital component allowing viewers to access the experience from home.
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