BE2C2 Report — Mission: ISS — a virtual reality collaboration between Oculus and three space agencies — is now available for free to Oculus Rift and Touch owners.
The experience is a detailed recreation of the International Space Station where participants can do things like dock cargo capsules, conduct spacewalks, and “perform mission-critical tasks” just like real astronauts.
This educational VR was designed by visual effects studio Magnopus in partnership with NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency, based on NASA space station models and conversations with astronauts.
Oculus head of content Jason Rubin said it was the same simulation NASA astronauts have been using to train ahead of their trip to space.
Oculus is an American technology company founded by Palmer Luckey in 2012 in Irvine, California, now based in Menlo Park. It specializes in virtual reality hardware and software products.
Oculus said it’s running a pilot program that will give high school students in the US “direct access” to Mission: ISS.
It’s also sending one of its Oculus Rift headsets to space in a partnership with French space agency CNES.
French astronaut Thomas Pesquet will use it to “test the effects of zero-gravity on human spatial awareness and balance.”