The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the US has launched a VR App, called the VR Hangar. People around the world can now use their mobile phones to see moments that made air and space history with the new VR Hangar from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. The VR Hangar brings some of the museum’s most important milestone artifacts, such as the Wright brothers’ plane used at Kitty Hawk to life using real 3-D-scan data in immersive VR vignettes. The Mobile VR App is optimized for use with Google Cardboard, and similar Mobile VR devices, and is available free of charge in the iOS and Android app stores. Unfortunately, it is not made for Daydream View or Gear VR.
The app features vignettes on three of its most popular air and spacecraft exhibits: the aforementioned 1903 Wright Flyer; the Bell X-1 Glamorous Glennis, which became the first plane to break the sound barrier; and the Apollo 11 command module, Columbia. Each vignette is two to four minutes long — depending on how much of the content users want to explore — and features scenes on the development of these aircrafts, as well as their most historic moments.