Rocket Laucnh NASA

This could be really cool. NASA’s doing a 360-degree video stream of a rocket launch.

NASA teamed up with two Alabama companies (United Launch Alliance (ULA) from Decatur, AL and Orbital ATK from Huntsville, AL) to broadcast the world’s first live 360-degree stream of a rocket launch. You can watch the live 360 stream of the cargo resupply mission liftoff to the International Space Station on the NASA Television YouTube channel, starting about 10 minutes before the launch.

The launch target is Tuesday, April 18 during a 30-minute window that opens at 11:11 a.m. EDT.

Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft will launch on a ULA Atlas V rocket carrying more than 7,600 pounds of science research, crew supplies and hardware to the orbiting laboratory.

How to View

To view in 360, use a mouse or move a personal device to look up and down, back and forth, for a 360-degree view around Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

YouTube supports playback of 360-degree videos on computers using Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Opera browsers. If you own a virtual reality headset, you will be able to look around and experience the view as if you were actually standing on the launch pad.

While virtual reality and 360 technology have been increasing in popularity, live 360 technology is a brand new capability that has recently emerged.

Minimum viewing distance is typically miles away from the launch pad, but the live 360 stream enables viewers to get a pads-eye view.