Launch: A Global Experience

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Using multimedia resources found online, develop a virtual experience that would allow someone to experience a past or upcoming rocket launch as if they were observing it from a few miles away (i.e. a close, but safe distance from the launch pad). If possible, convey the impact that local/global/space weather has on a launch.


For those viewing a launch online around the world, it is most often conveyed through several close-up video angles with audio focusing on launch commentary. This is very different from viewing a launch in-person.

Experiencing a launch in person involves many senses; notably, the immense sound and vibration that comes from a time lag from when the rocket is seen to liftoff. Additionally, viewing from a single location gives awareness to the rocket starting on the ground, lifting off, and then departing away from your position. Around you, other people and nature react to the event. Virtual reality, audio, and pressure imparting technology are among a few of the technologies that may be utilized to convey these experiences.


The platform is up to the developer. The experience can be absorptive, interactive, and/or collaborative. The developer can choose the platform that best suits the project and is within their team’s abilities/time.

There are many different experiences. Below are among the many kinds of options that could be integrated. Choose one, several, or all to portray in your experience:

  • Different launch violations might occur within the experience (weather, technical, etc)
  • Different launch sites: Cape Canaveral, Florida (CCAFS); Vandenberg, California (VAFB); Wallops, Virginia; Kwajalein Atoll (Pacific); Kodiak, Alaska; Kourou, French Guiana (Europe); Tanegashima Space Center (Japan); Baikonur Cosmodrome (Kazakhstan)
  • Different locations relative to the launch pad
  • Track probable launch sequences or even follow an actual launch day experience(s) as it is occurring
Project teams from 20 locations solved Launch: A Global Experience
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Challenge Owner 3 years ago
This is a NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) challenge. If you post a 30 second video and fill out the project page by Friday, April 29 at midnight PST (see the eligibility requirements for global judging), a panel of KSC scientists and engineers will review the videos and project information.
Challenge Owner 3 years ago
For each KSC challenge, a winning project will be recognized on SpaceAppsKSC social media. Of the five winning teams, one will be selected as the overall KSC Space Apps Challenge winner for 2016 and receive invitations to a launch viewing opportunity with the Global Space Apps Challenge winners.
Challenge Owner 3 years ago
The project does not have to be a global nominee to be eligible for KSC judging. If a team was nominated for global judging and worked on a KSC challenge, it will be considered for both types of judging. For further details, along with terms and conditions, please visit our Tumblr post on this subject.
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