Educators in VR is expanding our EDVR Aerospace Team meetups to now include NASA Space Watch events. These special events in ENGAGE XR will feature live streaming of rocket launches and special events from NASA’s new live streaming platform as we continue to explore the opportunities and potential for space exploration and aviation in the metaverse.
The first special event, now set for Saturday, November 18, will be the second attempt launch of the SpaceX Starship, the tallest and most powerful launch vehicle ever developed. It stands nearly 400 feet (121 meters) and weights 5,000 tons. The Starship system consists of two components, the spacecraft and the super heavy first stage booster, powered by 33 Raptor engines using sub-cooled liquid methane and liquid oxygen.
The Starship is designed to carry crew and cargo to destinations in and beyond Earth’s orbit, including providing supplies for the Moon base, Mars, and other planets. Once it passes the safety trials, SpaceX estimates it will carry a crew of up to 100 people. The Starship is designed to be recoverable and reusable, helping to reduce the cost of space travel.
The first test of the SpaceX Starship resulted in flames erupting from the rocket due to a propellant leak, and a self-destruct order at 4 minutes into the flight. The resulting explosion spread potentially hazardous debris. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ordered environmental tests and about 24 hours before the scheduled launch, they issued an approval certification to allow the launch to now go forward.
The launch is subject to change. We’ve scheduled the event to open early in ENGAGE XR November 18 at 5AM PT / 8AM ET / 13:00 UTC.
- SpaceX Launch Schedule
- FAA Approval Statement
- NASA Space Flight Forum – SpaceX Starship Nov 17 Launch Discussion
- Computer History – SpaceX Starship Rocket
- The Verge – SpaceX Starship FAA Approval Super Heavy Launch Test Date
- ArsTechnica – Showtime for SpaceX Massive Starship Rocket
Our next Watch Party event with the EDVR Aerospace Team is the NASA-produced documentary, “Wednesday, November 22, 2023, in ENGAGE XR. Like all our public events, it is free and open to all.
The EDVR Aerospace Team is working on some other watch parties for launches and some special event watch parties highlighting the NASA and other country space exploration programs, including the special NASA event on the history of black astronauts, the Artemis program, James Webb Space Telescope, historical looks at the Hubble, and more.
The Educators in VR Aerospace Team
Aerospace embraces the aviation and space flight industry, taking us out into the universe. Educators in VR’s Aerospace Team explores Flight Simulators, Air Traffic Control simulators, space and planet simulators, and the aerospace industry’s use of immersive technology and education.
This is a great opportunity to meet others exploring XR in aviation and space. The aerospace industry has long been the key for pilot training and simulators as well as aerospace development. Thanks to VR and 2D PC flight simulation applications, aviation and space enthusiasts can gain an impressive amount of knowledge along with hundreds of hours of simulation experience. Join us to explore XR technology for living and working on other planets and moons.
The EDVR Aerospace Team (formerly Aviation Team) is one of many special interest groups called Teams as part of Educators in VR. Educators in VR is dedicated to integrating VR, AR, and XR into education and business. We cover all aspects of immersive education and provide professional training and consultancy. Founded in 2018 to bring together educators to solve the challenges of XR education, presenting over 4,0000 global members. Educators in VR offers training, production, and consultation services for immersive education in the metaverse based upon extensive experience and research.
For information on attending these events in VR through a VR headset, 2D desktop or laptop, or mobile device, see our How to Attend Events in VR Guide.