Links to Parabolic Arc’s Coverage of Small Satellite 2016 Conference

SkyFire’s new infrared technology will help NASA enhance its knowledge of the lunar surface. (Credit: Lockheed Martin)
SkyFire’s new infrared technology will help NASA enhance its knowledge of the lunar surface. (Credit: Lockheed Martin)

The Small Satellite 2016 Conference is now over. Below are links to Parabolic Arc’s coverage of the conference and the CubeSat Workshop that preceded it last weekend. There are also links to announcements made during the conference and in recent weeks.

Small Satellite Conference Coverage

Recent Smallsat News & Announcements

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SpaceVR to Launch First Virtual Reality Satellite

Overview 1 satellite. (Credit: SpaceVR)
Overview 1 satellite. (Credit: SpaceVR)

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Aug. 08, 2016 (SpaceVR PR) — SpaceVR, a platform for creating cinematic, live, virtual space tourism, announced today that it has signed a launch agreement with NanoRacks LLC to send Overview 1, the world’s first virtual reality camera satellite, into space. Overview 1 will be delivered to the International Space Station aboard the SpaceX CRS-12 Mission. The satellite will then be deployed into Low Earth Orbit from the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer (NRCSD).

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SpaceVR Raises $1.25 Million in Seed Funding

360-degree camera (Credit: SpaceVR)
360-degree camera (Credit: SpaceVR)

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 28, 2016 (SpaceVR PR) — SpaceVR, the world’s first platform for creating cinematic, live, virtual space tourism, announced today it has raised a $1.25 million seed financing round. The funding is led by Shanda Group with participation from Skywood Capital. The new capital will be used to accelerate the launch of SpaceVR’s Overview 1, the world’s first virtual reality camera satellite, into space.

SpaceVR aims to provide an immersive first-hand experience of space travel via all current virtual reality devices. Taking advantage of the latest advancements in miniaturized satellite technology, SpaceVR’s state-of-the-art satellites will offer unprecedented panoramic views of our home planet from outer space, allowing consumers to experience the first ever 360-degree video content from low earth orbit.

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SpaceVR Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Send 360-Degree Camera to ISS

360-degree camera (Credit: SpaceVR)
360-degree camera (Credit: SpaceVR)

SpaceVR has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $500,000 to send a 360-degree camera to the International Space Stati0on to collect footage so that anyone with a virtual reality headset can tour the facility without leaving the ground.

Being in space and looking down at the Earth, astronauts are hit with an astounding reality: our planet is a tiny, fragile ball of life, “hanging in the void”, shielded and nourished by a paper-thin atmosphere. Astronauts refer to this as the Overview Effect. The idea of national boundaries vanishes, the conflicts that divide people become irrelevant, and the need to come together as a civilization to protect this “pale blue dot” becomes both obvious and imperative.

Only 536 people have ever been to space; at SpaceVR we ask, what about the other 7 billion? Our vision is to bring the Overview Effect to everyone by allowing people to truly experience space and to explore our universe through the magic of virtual reality.

Suppport SpaceVR’s Kickstarter campaign here.

SpaceVR Adds Ecliptic’s Rex Ridenoure to Advisory Board

SpaceVR_logoSAN FRANCISCO, CA, July 27, 2015 (SpaceVR PR)– SpaceVR, the world’s first virtual reality platform with the ability to share live 3D, 360-degree content from the International Space Station (ISS), signs agreement with Rex Ridenoure, CEO at Ecliptic, to join the advisory board of the company.

Ecliptic is a space avionics and sensor systems company and the leading global supplier of systems used to capture in-space video content. The Pasadena, California-based firm is best known for its RocketCam™ product family used successfully on more than 130 rocket and spacecraft applications. Ecliptic has multiple contracts to provide experiment control and data-handling avionics for experiments scheduled for operation on the International Space Station (ISS) in the 2016-2017 timeframe, and is also lead system contractor on the LightSail CubeSat program.

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