SpaceVR: Your Ticket to Space (Canceled) project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound
  • Off
    • English
$42,086 pledged of $500,000 goal
backers
$42,086 pledged of $500,000 goal
backers

About this project

+ WHAT 

Here at SpaceVR we’re a collective of astronauts, NASA scientists, space engineers and hackers who believe that everyone should be able to explore the universe.

We’ve all dreamed of the stars, imagined being able to float through the space station, wanted to experience a space walk and explore the Moon and Mars. At SpaceVR, we want to make that possible.

We’re sending a virtual reality camera to the Cupola module, the observation deck of the International Space Station (ISS) to capture immersive 3D video – giving you the chance to have the same experience the astronauts get in real life.

Our camera, the Overview One, will be assembled on the ISS. We’re developing space-ready cameras, fans and the PCB boards to send up and are using a 3D printer on board to make the camera chassis and stand, ensuring we can get the VR camera running as quickly, cheaply and efficiently as possible.

+ WHY

Who hasn’t wanted to travel to space?

Of the 108 billion people who have ever lived, only 536 have ever experienced the earth from space – and that’s changed the way they see the world.

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. It’s a phenomenon known as the Overview Effect.

That experience inspires a completely new perspective. You begin to see a world without borders, 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.

We want to give you a chance to experience that. It’s about more than putting a virtual reality camera in space, it’s about giving you the chance to explore space and your role in it. This is bigger than a website, an app or being just another VR company – we’re a movement.

We look at those 536 people and ask ourselves, 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.

+ WHO

Our roster is filled with NASA scientists, the sixth astronaut to walk on the moon, a private American astronaut (aka the guy who coined the word avatar), space engineers, hackers, geologists, commercial space pioneers and hustlers – not to mention our amazing list of advisors. If you could come up with a #DreamTeam, this would be it.

Let’s not sugarcoat it, we’re not the first people who have dreamed of sending a VR camera to space. In fact, a few others have tried and failed because they didn't fully understand the process and partnerships entailed in launching hardware into space. We don’t have that problem.

Space exploration has been our passion for our entire lives and we’ve got tons of medals and awards to show for it – you can even spot the world championship trophy from the Mars Society/University Rover Challenge on our mantle.

Our squad has helped launch WiFi to the Space Station, worked to capture the first image ever from inside Jupiter, founded hackerspaces and space accelerators, cooled atoms to almost -459°F using lasers, developed new life support technology for manned space missions using liquid nitrogen, developed the cutting edge technology for VR and AR, organized NASA’s International Space Apps challenge, and even managed to give a killer TedX talk in our spare time. No big deal.

We’re a team with the right mix of vision, experience, passion and craziness to succeed where others have failed. We’ve laid all the groundwork and gotten the camera space-ready, but it can only get into orbit with your help.

That’s where you come in – here’s your chance to join our crew as we venture off into unchartered territories. We don’t want to build this project in a vacuum, we want to know what you want to see and where you want to go next.

Together we can get the Overview One into space and start connecting with worlds beyond our own. Kickstarter is just the beginning.

+ YOU 

So Why Kickstarter? 

“Astronauts shall be regarded as the envoys of mankind.”                                                            U.N. Outer Space Treaty 

Space is the final frontier and everybody should have a chance to be a part of that. We know there’s a lot of excitement about exploring space by the people, for the people and we need your help to prove it.

Together we can make the universe accessible to everyone, inspire the next generation of explorers and get people excited about STEAM fields.

We want to build a very strong community that understands that space exploration is now in our hands. The more supporters we have the further we’ll go, and the faster we’ll get there. You can be an astronaut. By supporting us you will help us decide where we go next – to the moon, asteroids or Mars.

And when we get there you won’t just be a bystander to history, you’ll feel like an active participant, standing side by side with the astronauts. We will be explorers together.

What You’re Supporting 

  • Lift Off: Help us help you get a ticket to space. We need to cover our development, deployment and operational expenses for of the Overview One camera for the first year aboard the ISS. 

What does that take? About $185,000. That includes the equipment, testing and flight certifications required to get the camera space ready. We’ll go through vibration, thermal, flammability, electromagnetic interference, kick testing, the works – and lots of spare parts while we fine tune the design. 

  • On-Orbit Operations: As you can imagine, there are a lot of pieces required to get this up and running. We need to cover the costs of manufacturing and maintenance, while providing salaries for a team with the experience to keep the cameras running. 

 That entails about $110,000, to manufacture/3D print the materials and deliver software updates. Not to mention supporting the talent required to maintain the camera while we continue to launch new missions and develop new experiences in space.

  • R&D: The Overview One is our first generation camera, but we need your help supporting our team for the first year in our quest to take this to the next level. We dream of beaming down and livestreaming casts, launching a network of cube sats in orbit and eventually landing cameras on the moon, asteroids and Mars. We even want to skydive in Jupiter by 2030. And no, we’re not kidding about that last part. 

Pioneering a whole new avenue of space exploration isn’t cheap and it’s going to take $205,000 to make that happen. We don’t know exactly what we’ll need as we scale, but we will need your help to expand while preserving our existing efforts.  

+ HOW? 

We know some of you might be skeptical that we can actually pull off a project this ambitious or that a VR headset can truly capture what an astronaut sees and feels. 

 At first some of us were too – that is until we saw the footage of Mars taken by the Curiosity Rover for ourselves and legit felt like we were there. Rest assured, it’s pretty epic stuff. 

So how does the magic happen? It all starts with the platform: virtual reality. Then it’s all about capturing the right content. 

What is Virtual Reality? 

Virtual reality, more commonly known as VR, is an immersive, 3D experience that makes you feel like you’re actually somewhere that you’re not. You’re transported to a virtual world that you feel truly a part of. Think of it as the difference between watching a SpaceX launch on TV and feeling like you’re actually at Cape Canaveral watching the rocket takeoff.

These experiences are delivered through a headset, such as the Samsung Gear VR or the more cost effective Google Cardboard, which allow you to look around and see the environment in all directions. The headset itself is a wearable device you put over your eyes that combines all of these components to teleport you to another world.

Why VR?

It’s been widely regarded by innovators that virtual reality is the future, and that its potential for changing how we see and interact with our world (and others) is staggering. 

Don’t believe us? Ask Elon Musk.

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

Join our community of SpaceVR supporters on social media!

Like us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
Follow us on Instagram
Connect with us on LinkedIn

We would love your support in spreading the word about making space exploration available to everyone on Earth -- just tag us and use the #BeAnAstronaut hashtag!

You can also support us by backing this project. By pledging to our campaign, you will get backer perks from behind the scenes updates on our progress, to limited edition posters, to access to the virtual reality footage we capture from space. 

 Here is what is included in each of our pledge packages:

We are supported by an incredible team of advisors and partners who are all passionate about our mission to bring space exploration to everyone:

Risks and challenges

As with any project involving space travel, there are challenges that we will have to tackle. We are doing everything we can to minimize the risks, and will make adjustments as necessary (and keep you updated) if we run into any obstacles.

First, the ship dates we’ve provided are our current estimates--there may be some changes to when we are able to deliver rewards as the project progresses. This could be due to a number of factors, like launch date slips, or delays while the camera is on-orbit. We will do our best to notify you of any such changes via Kickstarter.com, the SpaceVR website, and/or any email address that you have provided.

Second, since we will be launching the Overview One on a vehicle controlled by another organization, there could be potential launch delays for reasons outside of our control. We have teamed up with NanoRacks to reduce these risks as much as possible.

Third, rockets can fail. There is a small chance that our payload could be lost during launch. If that is the case, we will make every effort to get a second payload on the next available flight. There is also a low risk of damage to the camera due to vibrations during launch.

Fourth, our goal is to get your rewards to you as they become available, but it still may take some time to distribute all the rewards properly. We ask for your patience as we distribute the rewards, and we will keep you updated via email about the status of your reward.

Fifth, while we are confident that we can deliver all the rewards offered, there is a chance that we will run into some unforeseen obstacles (e.g. alien invasions). If that should happen and we are unable to fulfill your promised reward, we will offer a fair substitution of the reward or we will provide a full refund of your pledge upon request.

Lastly, there are a few operational risks as space missions are never easy. Our hardware could be delayed because of requirement changes, additional testing needs, or fabrication challenges. On orbit, there could be communication outages (either due to space weather or restrictions by CASIS/NASA), camera module failure, or radiation damage. The likelihood of this happening is low as our technical team, mentors, and advisors are highly skilled engineers who have extensive experience in space mission design.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    THE ONE SMALL STEP Pledge // You will have SpaceVR's undying appreciation as every dollar brings us that much closer to space. Your dollar contribution is another step forward for all of humanity into the greater universe.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    50 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    THE LAUNCH PAD Package // You will have SpaceVR’s gratitude AND leave a legacy of a space faring civilization! You’ll get special thanks on our website, access to a VR trailer that gives you a sneak peak at all the amazing footage we're collecting, and backer-only emails that give you a behind-the-scenes look at what we’re doing.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    49 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    THE PALE BLUE DOT Package // INCLUDES all the $5 rewards AND a digital copy of the 1st edition poster of the Earth as seen from the Cupola module, taken by our VR camera the Overview One!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    74 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    THE BOOST Package // INCLUDES all the $10 rewards AND you’ll be sent digital copies of OFFICIAL Overview One operations reports, created by our launch partner Nanoracks. These reports not only certify that the Overview One is on a flight manifest to travel to the International Space Station but also document the camera's activities on orbit. By backing the Boost Package, you can follow along with the Overview One's life on the ISS, from knowing which astronaut has handled it to seeing when it's recording in the Cupola module!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    24 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $26 or more About $26

    3 MONTHS OF SPACEVR CONTENT //

    Get 3 months of the 360-degree footage straight from the International Space Station at our early adopter discount. You’ll earn all the bragging rights of being the very first to stream our premium 3D Virtual Reality content. See the earth pass underneath you and get the same view the astronauts do from the Cupola model, hear interviews with industry experts and find out what a launch is really like.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    81 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    THE L.E.O. Package // INCLUDES all the $10 rewards AND a printed copy of the 1st Edition poster of the Earth as seen from the Cupola module, taken by our VR Camera the Overview One! The poster measures 11x17 inches.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    32 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    THE SUIT UP Package // INCLUDES all the $10 rewards, a Kickstarter Exclusive SpaceVR T-Shirt, AND an 11x17” 1st Edition poster of the Earth as seen from the Cupola module, taken by our VR Camera the Overview One!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    34 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    THE CUPOLA Package // INCLUDES all the $50 rewards AND 3 months of access to the FIRST 3D, 360-degree footage we get from the International Space Station. Using the SpaceVR platform and the VR device of your choice you can enjoy unlimited viewings of the Earth from Cupola, exclusive interviews with space industry experts, virtual front row seats to major launches, and any other VR content captured on the International Space Station!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    35 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    THE CUPOLA Package [UPDATED FOR INTERNATIONAL BACKERS!] // INCLUDES all the $50 rewards AND 3 months of access to the FIRST 3D, 360-degree footage we get from the International Space Station. Using the SpaceVR platform and the VR device of your choice you can enjoy unlimited viewings of the Earth from Cupola, exclusive interviews with space industry experts, virtual front row seats to major launches, and any other VR content captured on the International Space Station!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    35 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    THE VIRTUAL REALITY KIT Package // INCLUDES all $75 rewards WITH a Kickstarter Exclusive SpaceVR Cardboard virtual reality kit (usable with Android or iOS smart phones!). You also have the option to gift this package to the space enthusiast of your choice.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    31 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    THE VIRTUAL REALITY KIT Package [UPDATED FOR INTERNATIONAL BACKERS!] // INCLUDES all $75 rewards WITH a Kickstarter Exclusive SpaceVR Cardboard virtual reality kit (usable with Android or iOS smart phones!). You also have the option to gift this package to the space enthusiast of your choice.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    25 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $125 or more About $125

    THE CAPTURE A PIECE OF HISTORY Package // INCLUDES all $100 rewards AND an 8x10 photo of the SpaceVR team and the Overview One before it launches to the Space Station (signed by the SpaceVR team). You can own this important moment in time--the first space-bound VR camera and the team that created it-- preserved in an 8x10 inch glossy photograph. LIMITED TO ONLY 500!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 14 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    THE OVERVIEW ONE Package // INCLUDES all $100 rewards AND we’ll give you a 3D file of the Overview One! Print your very own model of the Overview One on Earth while its counterpart lives in space!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    THE FOUNDING MEMBER Package // INCLUDES all $200 rewards AND you’ll have access to all the content we collect for an entire year via the SpaceVR platform! You’ll be first in line for all the virtual reality footage we get from the space station, low-earth orbit, vehicle launches and more for 12 whole months!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    7 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Select this reward

    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    THE EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER ONLY ONLINE PREMIERE Package // INCLUDES all $250 rewards AND access to the ONLINE WORLD PREMIERE of The Cupola Experience--through virtual reality you’ll experience the very first VR footage from the Cupola module of the Space Station. This is the cornerstone of the SpaceVR experience, and you’ll get an exclusive preview of this content before it’s available to everyone on the SpaceVR platform.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    7 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  16. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    THE MINI-OVERVIEW ONE Package // INCLUDES access to the online world premiere and the other $300 rewards AND we’ll send you your very own miniature 3D model of the Overview One! LIMITED TO 100.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  17. Select this reward

    Pledge $750 or more About $750

    THE ONE GIANT LEAP Package // INCLUDES all $300 rewards BUT instead of a cardboard VR headset you get the KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE SPACE themed Samsung GearVR kit to enjoy all the latest advances in Virtual Reality right in your home. The gold plating on the headset is designed to look like the visor of an astronaut helmet. (Note: phone not included with the GearVR).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  18. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    THE EXCLUSIVE SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE VIEWING Package // INCLUDES all the $500 rewards AND two tickets to the WORLD PREMIERE of The Cupola Experience in San Francisco, an event exclusively for SpaceVR’s strongest supporters! Meet the people behind SpaceVR and leave the event with a miniature 3D model of the Overview One camera. Travel and accommodations not included. LIMITED TO 100.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  19. Select this reward

    Pledge $2,000 or more About $2,000

    THE LAUNCH A CLASSROOM Package // A classroom of YOUR CHOICE will be one of the first to have access to the SpaceVR app and be given 30 Exclusive SpaceVR Cardboard VR headsets. All students in the class will also get a year-long subscription to the SpaceVR platform. You will also receive:
    + Special thanks on our website
    + Access to the VR trailer
    + Behind-the-scenes Backer-only emails
    + The digital Overview One operations reports
    + The digital 1st edition poster of the Earth as seen from the Cupola module

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  20. Select this reward

    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    THE LAUNCH A SCHOOL Package // Equip a school of your choice with a state of the art Gear VR headset and Note 4! With individual SpaceVR memberships for all the students to experience the virtual reality revolution HANDS ON! Includes a one year school membership to SpaceVR. You will also receive:
    + Special thanks on our website
    + Access to the VR trailer
    + Behind-the-scenes Backer-only emails
    + The digital Overview One operations reports
    + The digital 1st edition poster of the Earth as seen from the Cupola module

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  21. Select this reward

    Pledge $10,000 About $10,000

    THE SPACE EXPERIENCE Package // RIDE a PARABOLIC FLIGHT wearing a GearVR headset playing THE CUPOLA EXPERIENCE so that you actually FEEL like you are on the INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION! (Note: Transportation to and accommodations at the takeoff site not provided)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  22. Select this reward

    Pledge $10,000 About $10,000

    THE SPACE LEGACY AND LAUNCH A SCHOOL Package // This reward will ensure that you leave a lasting legacy for ages to come!

    In addition to sponsoring a school with the state of the art Gear VR headset and Note 4, you will receive:

    + All $750 rewards.
    + Two tickets to join the SpaceVR founders & advisors at two major events: (1) the final Overview One unveiling in San Francisco and (2) the Rocket Launch Event.
    + Invitation to sign the Overview One before it launches. Your name will be on a piece of space history when it launches to the ISS.
    + Five additional year-long memberships to SpaceVR to gift to the space enthusiasts of your choosing. (Note: travel and accommodations to events not provided)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)