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OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD SPACE TRAVEL…Now a Reality!
Be ‘transported’ into space and see the Earth as never before with our state-of-the-art motion-based virtual reality ride using the latest visual display technology!
This new permanent installation features a four-person VR Transporter that pitches, elevates and rolls so you feel like you’re floating through space from the cargo bay of the Space Shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station.
With the electronic VR goggles, you will be immersed in 4D-effects for a truly amazing sensory experience.
Spacewalk – Danger in Orbit: Leave the safety of the Space Shuttle cargo bay on an exciting extravehicular activity (EVA) as you tour around the International Space Station. Your mission is to test out a new manned-maneuvering unit. Witness the dangers of living and working in space.
Prehistoric Undersea Adventure: Be “transported” back in time and dive in prehistoric seas as you glimpse amazing marine life of the distant past with our state-of-the-art motion-based virtual reality ride using the latest visual display technology!
The ticketed attraction, located in the lobby of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, offers an eye-popping, first-person adventure for up to four people at a time. Admission is $10 per person/per ride, or $9 for Science Center Members. Cash and credit cards accepted. Must be at least 42 inches to ride. Eye-glasses and hats may not be worn during the adventure.
Virtual Reality (VR) is a cutting-edge technology that enables people to have an immersive presence in a digital world. It uses high-tech head-mounted displays to connect users directly with content inside a three-dimensional space. Rather than simply watching a movie, users can change their perspective in the scene to have their own unique experience tailored to their head movement.
The VR Transporter takes VR to a new level. While VR technology mimics the immersive visuals of the real world, Pulseworks motion and effects technology confirms what wearers are seeing by providing input to their other senses. Dynamic motion provides important cues to the brain that they are really traveling, and stunning surround-sound audio and other effects heighten feelings of realism.
The motion platform elevates, pitches and rolls in computer-controlled increments designed to mimic the path of the action in the virtual world. It is through this technology that riders can have the first person perspective of an astronaut floating on an extravehicular journey around the International Space Station or a diver exploring mysterious ocean depths. The VR Transporter seemingly takes you there.
To create this Virtual Reality masterpiece, Pulseworks relied heavily upon the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM)…and the results are stunning. The effect of the VR Transporter is so powerful that many guests will try to reach out and touch objects as they pass by. It is this intuitive reaction that makes the platform such an obvious tool for learning and adventure.