this specialized obstacle was used on swoopchasing courses. It was similar in design to The Channel, in that it was a completely enclosed portion of the race course. However, there were no light inside the Otherspace arena to guide the riders. Instead, a series of infrared beacons marked out the path which the riders must take. This required that riders quickly put on a set of infrared goggles prior to entry, or they would be utterly blind inside the arena. Alien races who could see in both the visible and infrared spectra were at a slight advantage on courses with this obstacle. Because of the high level of danger involved with the Otherspace obstacle, the only sanctioned races which use it are open to experts with several years of experience. Outlaw races used Otherspace at any level, and often booby-trapped the Otherspace arena with ion flares to momentarily blind those riders wearing infrared goggles.