Rocket Launch 360

Rocket Launch 360

Rocket Launch 360: Delta IV NROL-45

On February 10, 2016, a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket blasted off from the Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The Koncept VR team was there to film the launch for view in VR from vantage points never experienced by humans before.

The 3:32 minute VR experience took three days of preparation in the field, six camera rigs, and some very creative problem solving. We had to overcome technical challenges associated with both the environment and unforgiving schedule. As a result, we are proud to share a visual wonder that puts the viewer 150 feet from a real-life rocket launch.

The first rockets launched into space in the 1940s, forever altering humankind’s sense of our world’s boundaries and inspiring generations to explore the outer reaches of our imagination. Although there have been thousands of launches since that time, the magic and mystery that surrounds them remains. Under contract to ULA, the nation’s premier launch provider, Joergen Geerds and Matt Mascheri of Koncept VR were given the privilege of filming one of these beautiful events for view in VR.

Filming a rocket launch is of course no small feat, particularly when filming from three unique launch perspectives. It involved three full days of preparation to assure that we could successfully film under literally earth-shaking conditions. During launch, the rocket exhaust produces 196 dB of acoustic power. Every 6 dB is perceived at double the volume. For a little perspective, a NASCAR racing at full speed revs at 160 dB, which means this rocket launch was 64 times louder.

Six camera rigs were set up around the launch site: the first rig was 150 feet from the rocket; the second rig was 250 feet from rocket and next to the flame trench (50 feet from the trench itself); and the third rig was 28 stories up, atop a roof 300 feet away from the rocket.

All the time and energy we put in certainly paid off, resulting in the true cinematic marvel we see today. The video elicits the visceral reaction and sense of awe that those lucky enough to view the first space launches must have felt. The bonus here is that you can see the launch from three separate launch angles. To experience events from a distance that no human can safely observe is what makes virtual reality a true game changer, an eye-opener, and a genuine thrill.
In an effort to make an already special event even more so, we brought together Maxbox VR and ULA to design custom cardboard viewers. The cardboards feature still images from the rocket launch and help bring a personal touch to the overall experience.

Client

United Launch Alliance (ULA)

Rocket Launch
Rocket Launch
Rocket Launch
Rocket Launch

Rocket Launch 360: Delta IV NROL-45

On February 10, 2016, a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket blasted off from the Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The Koncept VR team was there to film the launch for view in VR from vantage points never experienced by humans before.

The 3:32 minute VR experience took three days of preparation in the field, six camera rigs, and some very creative problem solving. We had to overcome technical challenges associated with both the environment and unforgiving schedule. As a result, we are proud to share a visual wonder that puts the viewer 150 feet from a real-life rocket launch.

The first rockets launched into space in the 1940s, forever altering humankind’s sense of our world’s boundaries and inspiring generations to explore the outer reaches of our imagination. Although there have been thousands of launches since that time, the magic and mystery that surrounds them remains. Under contract to ULA, the nation’s premier launch provider, Joergen Geerds and Matt Mascheri of Koncept VR were given the privilege of filming one of these beautiful events for view in VR.

Filming a rocket launch is of course no small feat, particularly when filming from three unique launch perspectives. It involved three full days of preparation to assure that we could successfully film under literally earth-shaking conditions. During launch, the rocket exhaust produces 196 dB of acoustic power. Every 6 dB is perceived at double the volume. For a little perspective, a NASCAR racing at full speed revs at 160 dB, which means this rocket launch was 64 times louder.

Six camera rigs were set up around the launch site: the first rig was 150 feet from the rocket; the second rig was 250 feet from rocket and next to the flame trench (50 feet from the trench itself); and the third rig was 28 stories up, atop a roof 300 feet away from the rocket.

All the time and energy we put in certainly paid off, resulting in the true cinematic marvel we see today. The video elicits the visceral reaction and sense of awe that those lucky enough to view the first space launches must have felt. The bonus here is that you can see the launch from three separate launch angles. To experience events from a distance that no human can safely observe is what makes virtual reality a true game changer, an eye-opener, and a genuine thrill.
In an effort to make an already special event even more so, we brought together Maxbox VR and ULA to design custom cardboard viewers. The cardboards feature still images from the rocket launch and help bring a personal touch to the overall experience.

Rocket Launch
Rocket Launch
Rocket Launch
Rocket Launch

Client

United Launch Alliance (ULA)

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