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Cygnus will fly in 360 degrees tomorrow!

United Launch Alliance has earned a reputation for some impressive video production efforts post-launch, and tomorrow, in collaboration with NASA, they’ve decided to up their game.  The 360 launch videos they’ve posted before aren’t enough — this time, for the first time ever, they’re going to stream a launch live in 360.  (This will also be the first 360 video of an Atlas launch; ULA’s previous 360 videos featured Delta IVs, including a Delta IV Heavy.)  So grab your Oculus Rift or your smartphone cardboard VR goggle adapters or just a 360-compatible browser (psst — I use Opera) and tune in to NASA’s channel on YouTube tomorrow.  The stream will start around 11AM Eastern Daylight Time.

If you don’t know what a 360 video is, it’s a video that you can pan around in over a 360 degree range while it plays.  It’s pretty incredible, and makes it feel so much more alive!

If you want a taste of what it will be like, or if you just want to make sure your equipment will show it in 360, here are ULA’s past 360 videos.  If it’s working, it’ll look just like a normal video — except if you click and drag, you’ll move around.  If it’s not working, you’ll see it all warped and weird looking, and you should try a different browser or player.

 

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Awesome 360 video of the Falcon 9 drone ship landing!

Alas, this isn’t as high res as some of the other cool 360 videos posted recently, but I’ll take it.  It’s pretty sweet.  😉  It has sound too, so you can hear the engine roar as Falcon approaches!  Make sure to look up, and watch for the landing legs deploying!

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Amazing 360 video of a Delta IV launch – up close and personal!

ULA has a reputation now for putting out awesome launch videos, but they’ve definitely outdone themselves on this one.  This is a 360 video, which means that if your browser supports it, you can pan around freely during the video in all directions.  It’s also compatible with VR headsets, which would allow you to just look around as if you were really there.  But really where?  The second half of the video, showing the actual launch, is filmed from right at the pad, where no human is permitted during launch.  So here you get to experience a rocket launch, from the pad, as if you were actually there.  It’s awesome!

This is the launch of NROL-45, a classified payload which launched last February from Vandenberg AFB in southern California. If it looks all weird and stretchy, your browser doesn’t support 360 videos; try another one.  It’s well worth it!

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