If you’ve ever been curious about what it’s like in outer space then, you’ll probably be interested in the Department of Science and Technology-Advanced Science and Technology Institute’s (DOST-ASTI) newest invention – the virtual reality simulation app or VRS for short.

The app, which was launched on August 25, allows its users to take a peek at the space beyond planet Earth. It features a comprehensive computer-generated simulation of the country’s three Ground Receiving Stations (GRSs) and Filipino-made satellites—Diwata and Malaya.

According to the department, VRS will enable the public to explore the GRS even with the ongoing pandemic.

“This is our creative attempt to bring space closer to the Filipinos. The interactive tour will let them explore the three GRS, and the locally-made satellites, all by using the app,” DOST-ASTI Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said during the app’s launch.

“We hope that this would help raise public awareness and inspire everyone, especially the youth to take interest and grow an appreciation for space science research,” he added.

The country’s GRS stations are located in Quezon City, Davao, and Iloilo, which is currently in the works.

Apart from the virtual trip, the app also offers a look into PEDRO Center’s operations such as transmitting, receiving, and processing data to and from the satellites.

The center is responsible for overseeing the GRS facilities, which includes satellite tracking antennas that receive, process, and distributes satellite images that can be used for environmental monitoring and maritime surveillance.

The VRS app can now be downloaded for free on the Google Play Store.

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Image credit: DOST-ASTI