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White Light Supports Virtual Reality Experience Launch at Science Museum

Space Descent VR launch 1 © Jody Kingzett Science MuseumLast Thursday saw the launch of the Tim Peake Space Descent VR Experience at London’s Science Museum. The revolutionary exhibition allows visitors to experience Major Tim Peake’s 15,000mph descent from the International Space Station back to Earth and offers the closest experience possible of being there. As an approved supplier to the Science Museum, White Light was on hand to support the launch.

The experience is the result of a partnership between the Science Museum and Alchemy VR, with support from Samsung. All three have come together to create a virtual reality adventure giving visitors a chance to experience the thrilling journey back to Earth from the International Space Station in a Russian Soyuz capsule. The experience takes place in 5K video on Samsung Gear VR headsets, with the content created by Alchemy VR.

Space Descent VR launch 2 © Jody Kingzett Science MuseumAnthony Geffen, Founder of Alchemy VR, comments: “This is a powerful VR experience where you can really say you’re inside that craft and on that journey making the drop down to earth. When I showed Tim the experience, he left it and said ‘Anthony, I promise you I’ve just relived my re-entry to earth again’”.

Due to the experience being one of the first of its kind in the UK, the world’s media were at the Science Museum to see its grand unveiling.

Theresa McInerney, Commercial Experiences Manager at the Science Museum, comments: “This is the Science Museum’s first permanent VR attraction so it’s something we are extremely proud of. To recreate something as momentous as Tim’s journey is truly remarkable and we wanted to really emphasise to those in attendance just what we’d managed to achieve with the support of Alchemy VR and Samsung.”

Tim Peake using Space Descent VR © Jody Kingzett, courtesy of the Science MuseumFor the launch, WL was called upon to provide some of the technical solutions.

Alicia Earls, WL’s Business Development Manager, comments: “Having worked on a whole range of events at the Science Museum, including both the Progress 1000 Awards and the European Space Agency’s Space for Inspiration conference, we embrace working on projects of all shapes and sizes. With the VR experience, those in attendance were about to experience something truly remarkable for the first time so we were delighted to provide the additional support to make their entire experience unforgettable”.

WL supplied projectors which relayed content that Alchemy had created which was specific to the installation. Several of the WL crew were also on hand to oversee the technical support.

View from Space Descent VR with Tim Peake © Science Museum

Alicia comments: “This was a great event to be a part of and the immediate feedback from those who took part in the experience shows that it’s going to be something special”.

The Tim Peake Space Descent VR Experience officially opens for the public on the 24th March.

Major Peake states: “The experience really is breath-taking, and that comes from someone who has spent an awful lot of time using VR systems while training for my first mission. Science Museum visitors are going to experience something that truly is very close to the real thing”.

Photos courtesy of Jody Kingzett and Science Museum.