Panoskin, a Chicago based technology company specializing in virtual tour creation, launched a GoPro Fusion into the stratosphere, via weather balloon, from the Adler Planetarium on Wednesday, November 14. This is the first Google Street View tour created in the stratosphere for anyone to explore on Google Maps.
The Adler Planetarium Far Horizons program along with Hawken Orbital were glad to offer their years of experience for this mission.
“We have launched more than 125 stratospheric balloon missions over the past 12 years, engaging hundreds of students and volunteers in hands on space exploration,” said Ken Walczak, Senior Manager for Far Horizons at the Adler Planetarium.
The GoPro Fusion, which captures video and photos in 360, reached 86,000 feet and traveled more than 70 miles across Lake Michigan before landing in a cornfield in Berrien Center, Michigan.
The content was retrieved and loaded into Panoskin to create the first Street View tour in space, and added to the Adler Planetarium Google Business Listing and Panoskin Platform.
Later this year, Panoskin in collaboration with GoPro and Google Maps will be releasing a new platform which will allow anyone with a GoPro Fusion to publish to Google Street View with an easy work flow.
“Capturing Google Street View goes well beyond the streets,” said Tom Chomiak, CTO and Co-Founder of Panoskin. “Our users have published over 1.4 million scenes to maps that break that mold. Creating the first Street View tour into the stratosphere exemplifies just that. Not long from now, anyone with a GoPro Fusion will be able to easily publish Street View. Every business in the world can benefit from updated Street View imagery, and Panoskin will make it possible for every photographer to add this service to their offerings.”
Panoskin is a Chicago based technology company and software platform that allows anyone to create a 360 Virtual Tour of interior or exterior spaces and publish them to Google Maps. Panoskin is the only U.S. based Google approved Street View Ready platform used by over 7,500 Google Trusted Photographers worldwide. To date, Panoskin users have published over 1.4 million scenes to Google Maps.
For more information, visit panoskin.com or connect with Panoskin at support(at)panoskin(dot)com.
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About the Adler Planetarium:
The Adler Planetarium—America’s First Planetarium—is more than a museum; it is a laboratory, a classroom, and a community exploring the Universe together. Each year, almost 600,000 visitors experience the museum’s interactive exhibitions, live planetarium shows, hands-on, minds-on STEM education programs, and world-class collections. Founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler, the Adler Planetarium is a recognized leader in public engagement. The museum’s scientists, historians, and educators inspire the next generation of explorers and invite you to explore space with us.
The Adler’s Far Horizons program brings real space exploration down to Earth and into the hands of students, volunteers, and the public. For over ten years, we have designed and built experiments with participants of all ages and sent them to the stratosphere aboard high-altitude balloons. We mentor, experiment, design, launch, and explore. To learn more about Far Horizons, visit: adlerplanetarium.org/education/far-horizons.
About Hawken Orbital:
Hawken Orbital is a space technology company making space accessible to everyone. It offers high altitude balloon and satellite platforms and launch services to customers at orders of magnitude and lower prices than have ever been possible. Hawken has partnered with companies, educational institutions and individuals around the country to build, launch and safely recover dozens of missions to the stratosphere.
For more information or to track our latest launch, please visit hawkenorbital.com or contact us at info(at)hawkenorbital(dot)com.