Visit Avatrian Central sim and watch the last space shuttle launch in Second Life


NASA’s Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-135) mission will launch tomorrow at 8:26am SLT (11:26am EST) on Friday 8th July 2011. This will be the last flight of the Space Shuttle and then there will be a wait for a while until NASA comes up with something new to launch mankind into space again. This launch will be live inworld at various locations around the grid and on NASA’s official live stream coverage. Extra live coverage on Spaceflight Now which is an alternative live stream.

What I didn’t know until today was that The Avatrian team have recreated a few sims for the flight of the last shuttle in Second Life. The Avatrain team recently created the amazing Bin-Laden compound build. Visit http://lastshuttle.avatrian.com/ for more details about this historical SL event.

Avatars can now get as close as they can to the final Space Shuttle launch at the Kennedy Space Center without having to travel to Florida in real life. The recreation in Second Life is a celebration of this historic event. 

Celebrate a historic event!  The search for the last space shuttle astronauts have begun. Take part in the final journey by visiting the space shuttle launch site in SL . 

Visit Avatrian Central sim today to explore the newly recreated space shuttle area in Second Life. The sims include a real scale model of the space shuttle/launch pad, a live countdown clock, seating area, NASA Vehicle Assemble Building, Nasa Astrovan and lot’s more around the surrounding areas of the sims.

Check out my space adventures in Second Life here.

Treet.TV major changes ahead


Prim Perfect has reported today that the Treet.TV production team are making some big changes to their virtual tv shows in Second Life. Apparently a message was sent out to all Treet TV producers announcing a “major shift in focus” due to real life issues. They are cancelling all live video production “indefinitely” which is very sad to hear. Visit Treet.TV here.

What is Treet.TV?

Treet TV is an entertainment network that serves virtual worlds viewers and producers. Established in March 2007, Treet TV uses a collaborative production model which has resulted in more than 3000 hours of broadcast quality content, all targeting the emerging phenomenon of virtual living.

This message was sent out below.

Today, in a message sent to all Treet TV producers, Treet has announced a major shift in their focus – that, due to real life issues, they are cancelling all live video production indefinitely.  However, this does not mean Treet are shutting down the website, live streams, or that their work will stagnate.

In a letter to Treet producers, Wiz said, “What is really occurring is a shift of priorities for us.   Because the market is still quite small, Texas and I need to engage in Treet only part time.    Using 100% of that time to film has left us with time for nothing else. Exciting changes to the website, new promotional features, and an exciting “Timeline of Virtual History” archive site never even have been started, not to mention many improvements in distribution, iPad and iPhone support, etc. We feel such innovations are necessary in this industry. So, shifting our priorities away from live filming is important for us to create more enabling technologies to help people contribute shows, manage shows, and get the most out of archives.”

Wiz added, “We are committed to enhancing and enabling the community.  Our website, resources, and streams will not only remain live, but we’ll be seeking ways to expand their availability to more and more people, and establish programs for showing people how we’ve achieved what we’ve achieved.”

There may be potential and opportunities in the near future for new projects to start happening in Second Life. Hopefully this will be the case because the SL community I know loves watching SL TV events/shows.

The end of live filming is a very sad occasion for many who have enjoyed attending the filming of Treet’s various programs, and there will also be a period of adjustment for the station and its scheduling. Some shows may close and Designing Worlds, which has fairly heavy filming demands, will be looking for ways forward.  But the opportunities for new developments are exciting, and something to look forward to.

Perhaps this change is good for everyone. What are your views about the changes ?