Whats the closest that I could ever come to actually experiencing a Shuttle launch?. As I write this Endeavour is getting ready to perform a de-orbit burn and come back home for the last time. This leaves only one shuttle ride left (Atlantis) and my name is not in the crew list, so that got me thinking...
I've been learning Space Shuttle Mission with the Vuzix VR90 lenses for a few months now and it has been an AMAZING thing! you get actual stereo 3D and head tracking, after a while you feel like you are really inside the Shuttle, the EVAs and the 3D views of the earth and orbital sunsets/sunrises are unreal!
The only thing missing for this to be as close as possible is to get the G forces, sound vibrations, etc and thats when it hit me!: Take SSMS in a laptop with the 3D/VR lenses on a commercial flight AND sync the shuttle launch with the plane takeoff!
Of course (and I am aware) a plane taking off is not anywhere close to the experience of a shuttle launch in any and all terms, BUT the combination of lenses isolation and light blocking, the stereo 3D, the head tracking, the sound of the simulator and the sound vibrations and Gs of the real plane can add I think a new and exciting dimension to experiencing a shuttle launch via SSMS! Who knows? maybe I get lucky and the plane has to do a departure turn in sync with the Roll Program; and most plane takeoffs turn pretty quiet after a couple of minutes in sync with SRB separation
Whatever! I just want to try it out! I have a flight to Vegas this Saturday, I'll let you know how it works out.