Other worldly summer ride at Ocean Park

Local | 25 Jun 2019 8:19 pm

Ocean Park is unveiling a virtual reality free fall ride, The Abyss – VR Space Voyage for the summer.

Visitors will wear VR headsets and will see views of outer space and experience the adrenaline rush from the free fall during their mission to Saturn’s largest moon – Titan.

Ocean Park consulted a world recognized aerospace engineer, Dr Aprille Joy Ericsson, on the interesting space facts of The Abyss – VR Space Voyage.

Dr Ericsson said The Abyss – VR Space Voyage has a very pertinent backstory as it concerns humanity looking for an alternative habitat to the earth due to problems in the earth’s environment. “The Abyss Space Voyage looks to engage and educate the public about space exploration in a fun way, something which is very close to my heart as an engineer. As we look to inspire the next generation of space scientists and explorers, I hope the ride will trigger the interest of young adults in the subject, while also providing them with a thrilling experience.”

Dr Ericsson has made significant contributions to the aerospace field and was also the first female, and the first African-American woman, to receive a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Howard University as well as the first African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in engineering at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Goddard Space Flight Center.

She is featured in the mission briefing video explaining the challenges of space travel. Dr Ericsson has also provided advice on the content of the whole experience. 

 

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