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Research & Innovation

SCIENCE|SQUARE: Weightless Science

A virtual stroll through the International Space Station (ISS) represents a highlight of the "Speakers' Corner of Research" in Hall 6.

06 Mar. 2017

You find yourself on the ISS in the earth’s orbit. You explore the space station module for module, operate the air lock when leaving the ISS, you feel the weightlessness out in space …

Up to now not many humans have been granted an experience like this – the ISS has counted approximately 230 inhabitants thus far. However, in April every CeBIT visitor can have this experience: At SCIENCE|SQUARE the Speakers' Corner of Applied Research at CeBIT ( Hall 6, Stand C26 ), the Department of Intermedia Design of the University of Trier presents its project "STATION – an ISS Exploration". It will be exhibited at the group exhibit "Research & Innovation in Rhineland-Palatinate" during the trade exhibition (Hall 6, Stand C17).

STATION is a virtual reality experience for the "HTC Vive" headset. Anyone who puts on the virtual reality glasses can explore ISS from the inside and outside at their own discretion. With the help of the Vive motion controller the player moves independently through the station and experiences a feeling of weightlessness. "It feels very much like reality", confirmed astronaut Jean-François Clervoy who was actually on the ISS and was allowed to try out STATION at Saarland University at the end of 2016.

Conceived as a "Speakers' Corner" SCIENCE|SQUARE serves as the mouthpiece of science as well as for the transfer of knowledge and technology at leading international trade exhibitions. Here is where the current and latest results, products, and services from applied research are presented in a generally comprehensible fashion. In 2017, the joint research council stands of the federal states of Rhineland-Palatinate , Hesse , Berlin/Brandenburg and the trade exhibition working group MAK Messearbeitskreis Wissenschaft e.V. will take part with exciting innovations. As a key competence network the association MAK, which is active in German-speaking countries, promotes the transfer of technology and knowledge at trade fairs and exhibitions and is a sponsor of SCIENCE|SQUARE. It is supported by Deutsche Messe AG.