A 360 projection dome manufactured by Front Pictures is now taking people on virtual reality tours at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. The dome is a part of an immersive installation VR DOME set up by QuaQua, an Indian digital experience platform focused on providing people with 360-degree travel experiences.
The 5m (16ft) negative pressure RFE (rigid frame enclosed) dome is located inside Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International Airport. The dome’s exterior is made to grab guests’ attention. In addition to its custom-printed lime green dome cover, the mini planetarium also features an eye-catching geodesic exoskeleton and branded entrance.
“This durable but lightweight dome is great for semi-permanent planetariums and dome theaters. It offers excellent screen quality, comparable with aluminium domes. At the same time, it can be easily relocated and installed anywhere in a couple of days,” says Polina Shympf, Project Manager at Front Pictures.
QuaQua says that its VR DOME is the first permanent airport-based planetarium in the world. The team started working on the project in June 2019. It was ready to go live when the coronavirus lockdown closed many borders and severely restricted travel.
The 360 dome theater allows travelers to take a trip anywhere before they even step on an airplane. It instantly teleports them to a place of their choice at a fraction of the air travel cost. Currently, the experiences include a day/night walk-through of Venice, Italy, and of Luxor Temple, Egypt. New content is added based on audience feedback every 1.5 months.
QuaQua follows the airport’s strict safety protocol. The 30 square meter (323 square foot) dome is sanitized hourly. It can accommodate up to 16 people, while current social distancing rules allow for a maximum of four people for a chosen travel experience. One session lasts for five to seven minutes.