USA TODAY delivers a best-in-class AR hologram rocket launch experience on our 321 LAUNCH app.
Our space experts from Florida Today are your guides through this one-of-a-kind experience. During a live launch, watch an AR rocket liftoff from any flat surface, as an animated hologram shows you what the actual rocket is doing in real-time. Telemetry data generates a predictive flight-path allowing you to follow the speed, acceleration, and altitude of an active launch live in AR, simply by pointing your phone towards the sky. Tap to live video coverage of the launch and follow live commentary as you watch from anywhere in the world.
Also check out our launch simulation as space experts guide you through an interactive rocket assembly, readying the launch-pad, and blasting off towards the exosphere, before separation and re-entry. You control a launch mission in this interactive AR experience, and learn what it takes to launch a rocket from Kennedy Space Center.
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Not Live “Live” Coverage of Launch
The app is great in many way except two: 1) the “Live” launch broadcast is time-delayed about 15-30 seconds which really causes disappointment when you go outside at T-minus 5 seconds only to find that the shot has already cleared the trees and is on its way; and 2) the app doesn’t appear to have the juice to handle volume. So, it works fluidly right up until launch and then slows, freezes and repeats as soon as the launch sequence begins in earnest. Needs more bandwidth perhaps..???
Still, it’s an awesome concept. Just wish it was a bit better and that it would clarify that it is not actually a live broadcast but rather a live tape-delayed broadcast.
This app is very informative as it walks you through the preparations of the rocket assembly and pre-launch to launch phases of the rocket in AR, which also makes it pretty cool! I was especially interested to learn how exactly, in real life, the boosters manage to steer to land vertically (in the same orientation as it takes off) like some old 1960’s Buck Rogers TV show or something like that. It is really interesting to see the whole process from start to finish. The only thing I would add is a choice about whether to follow the first stage (booster) as it descends, or continue to follow the second stage and payload as they continue their journey to outer space. That would be really cool to see in AR (perhaps seeing stars and the outer atmosphere along the upper edge of the room that I am in as I use this app). Other than that, this is really worth downloading in my opinion, as a physics nerd who really enjoys this kind of stuff, and I haven’t even seen the live launches this is supposed to alert you to and keep you updated for when they arrive so you can watch in this app. How exciting! I’m glad that I downloaded it!
Wow! My nerd is Satisfied! 🚀 Great app!
Skimming the store... have nothing to do... oooo... what’s this? A simulation... free? Cool! I’ll try! Opens app... Starts simulation... OMG this fantastic!
Seriously I loved this app! It is free ,though doesn’t have much to offer yet. The idea is fantastic being able to move my phone and look at the engines, capsule, and all the rocket freely was great. Then the app gave many intuitive facts, some I knew some I didn’t. Then I followed the Falcon 9 in flight, separates stages, etc. I am yet to see flights live (another great idea I’m going to geek out on). My only complaint is that you can’t skip the facts about the launch pad, since I played the simulation multiple times.
I highly recommend this app to nerds or non-nerds! Cannot wait for the Atlas V to be added.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.