Chornobyl360 is an interactive VR documentary with 360 videos about the Chornobyl Disaster and Exclusion Zone
A little over a year ago a Reddit post caught my eye, it was from a company who were filming inside the exclusion zone of Chornobyl. It caught my eye as my sister and myself have had Chornobyl on our bucketlist of places we need to visit for as long as I can remember. The chance to see this amazing location in VR, while sat in the comfort of my own home, really interested me. 360 video will never be the same as standing there in person but it does give the opportunity of 'trying before you buy' and without the large dose of radiation in this case! They are using multi Go-Pro rigs and drones which allows the viewer to access some of the sites that are still closed to the public due to the high levels of radiation still present. They were kind enough to send me some sample 360 footage and its amazing, the stitch quality is very good, and it really showcases the benefits of using 360 video over traditional photos/video when it comes to travel and hard to access locations. This exciting project is now on Kickstarter and at the time of writing article was a quarter of the way to their target with 22days to go. Check out their trailer below and their Kickstarter page at the bottom.
"Chornobyl360 project is a unique opportunity to visit and experience activity on the site of the world worst ecological disaster without endangering your health. One can see the Exclusion Zone from the birds-eye view with a 360-degree look. He can pick into a window of an abandoned house in Pripyat town or almost physically meet people who live and work in the Zone and hear their stories and experiences. Nobody ever did this before.
Chornobyl360 team enables you to virtually visit restricted areas accessible for authorized personnel only – places you cannot get into even if you happen to go there. These sites include:
- The Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant
- High-radiation contaminated areas including so called Machines Graveyard;
- Ghost town of Pripyat;
- Areas of the post-apocalyptic wasteland inhabited by illegal settlers;
- Exclusion Zone Inside the nuclear plant;
- The control center – with interactive managing of the reactor. Can you prevent the meltdown?
- The new Safe Confinement site - the largest moving facility ever built by humans (it’s larger than two football fields and higher than the Statue of Liberty);
- Photogrammetry technology in action - you can almost touch it.
- The reactor chamber – witness the nuclear fuel-loading machines in action, something rarely seen even by personnel working there;
- The most technologically advanced nuclear waste processing plant where only robots are allowed - help in selection of dangerous waste;"