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Experience the thrill of traveling in space at the Fleet Science Center with the new Pulseworks VR Transporter

Opening Saturday, July 20, in the Fleet’s Main Gallery.

July 12, 2019


San Diego, CA—The Fleet Science Center is excited to announce the opening of its newest experience, the Pulseworks® VR Transporter™. It’s an eye-popping, virtual reality adventure simulator that can take you to the Moon, out for a spacewalk, swimming with prehistoric beasts or zipping through the cosmos.

Virtual reality (VR) is a new technology that enables you to have an immersive presence in a digital world. This VR experience uses high-tech, head-mounted displays to connect you directly with content inside a three-dimensional space. Rather than simply watching a movie, you can change your perspective in the scene and have your own unique experience.

But the VR Transporter takes virtual reality to a whole new level. While typical VR technology simulates the visuals of the real world, the Transporter incorporates motion technology and surround-sound audio to make it feel like you really are in another world. The motion platform pitches and rolls with your movements, giving you the first-person perspective of an astronaut floating around the International Space Station or a diver exploring the ocean depths. The VR Transporter seemingly takes you there.

The VR Transporter accommodates up to four people per ride. Riders can choose from four different scenarios. The experiences available are Spacewalk: Danger in Orbit, giving you a tour around one of humanity’s great engineering triumphs, the International Space Station. You can also check out Cosmos Coaster, which is a white-knuckle journey at fantastic speeds from the Earth to the Moon and many worlds more. Apollo 11 & Beyond has you climbing aboard a massive Saturn V rocket and blasting off to witness humankind’s first inspiring steps on the Moon. Last, Prehistoric Dive VR drops you in a mysterious ocean vortex that carries you back in time to glimpse the amazing marine life of the distant past.

The VR Transporter opens to the public on Saturday, July 20, in the Fleet’s Main Exhibit Gallery and pricing is $8 for visitors and $7 for Fleet members for one ride/one experience.


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About the Fleet Science Center:

The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. At the science center, you can explore and investigate more than 100 interactive exhibits that pique your curiosity and become immersed in an IMAX film adventure that shows the wonders of the planet--and beyond--in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. For young science enthusiasts, the Fleet offers science workshops both at the Fleet and at schools throughout San Diego County. For adults, we offer events like Suds & Science and Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar™ at locations all over San Diego. We support communities by leveraging science resources to meet local needs. Teachers are encouraged to join our Teacher Partner Program and take advantage of our professional development opportunities. Additionally, at the Fleet Science Center, visitors will find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store, and pizzas, sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in our Craveology cafe. Located in Balboa Park, at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd., the Fleet is San Diego's science center. Science starts here and opens a world of possibility. For information regarding current admission prices, visit our website at fleetscience.org.
About Balboa Park:
Located near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is the largest urbancultural park in the United States. First established by the City of San Diego in 1868, it is also one of the oldest city parks in the nation and is the most visited single destination in San Diego. Its 1,200 acres include 17 museums, many gardens and attractions, the San Diego Zoo, miles of hiking trails, and multiple athletic complexes to explore and discover. For more information, visit balboapark.org.

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