Orbiter is a video game published in 1986 on DOS by Spectrum Holobyte, Inc. It's a simulation game, set in a science, vehicle simulator, space flight and space shuttle themes, and was also released on Mac and Atari ST. Orbiter Download (1986 Simulation Game) Search a Classic Game: Old Games Homepage. Download 11747 Games: Action adventure (236) Adventure (1328) Amiga (1095) Arcade.

Orbit Rescue is a new version of the original Orbit game that was launched by Bruce and Denise Morcombe on the national Day for Daniel in October 2013.

Whereas the original Orbit game was designed for use in schools and would be completed over a 5 to 10 week period, the new Orbit Rescue app can be completed in just a couple of hours by children at home.

The new app doesn’t require a login or a network connection, takes less time to play, and is easier to complete.

Orbit is available on the App Store for iPads, and Google Play for Android tablets.

Play the old version

If you would like to play the old version of Orbit on a Windows or Mac PC, you will need to

  1. Sign up for a username and password
  2. To play the Orbit game, download and install it onto a Mac or Windows computer:
    • Orbit for Windows (version 2.0, for XP/Vista/7/8/10, 152MB download) *updated 3/12/2019*
    • Orbit for Mac (version 1.0, for Snow Leopard/Lion/Mountain Lion, 146MB download)

    Make sure you are connected to the Internet when you run the installer.

To play Orbit

  1. Run the Orbit game
  2. Login with your username and password
  3. Make your own game character
  4. Enjoy your time on the Orbit spaceship!

System requirements


The system requirements for computers running Orbit under the Windows Operating System are:

  • 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor, or Intel Atom™ 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbook class devices
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista® Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise (including 64 bit editions) with Service Pack 2, Windows 7, or Windows 8 Classic
  • 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
  • Internet connection.


The system requirements for computers running Orbit under the Mac Operating System are:

  • Intel® Core™ Duo 1.83GHz or faster processor
  • Mac OS X v10.6, v10.7, or v10.8
  • 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
  • Internet connection.


Important: This software requires Orbiter Space Flight Simulator 2016 and Windows Vista or newer.

Orbiter Game Download

Use of Orbiter's DirectX 9 (D3D9) Graphics Client is recommended because of its high framerate and support for new visual effects. See this Orbiter-Forum thread for download information.

Refer to the section titled Installation in the XR Flight Operations Manual for details about how to run Orbiter 2016 with the D3D9 Graphics Client.

Version 2.0

Release date: 3-Jul-2020

Author: Doug Beachy

XRSound for Orbiter 2016 automatically adds sounds and voice callouts to all Orbiter vessels (not just XR vessels!). Version 2.0 adds support for Orbiter modules, such as MFDs or other plugins, in addition to Orbiter vessels, and version 2.0 is fully backwards-compatible with all XRSound 1.x-enabled vessels as well.

XRSound includes over 450 sounds, including all XR vessel voice callouts by actress Sally Beaumont and 141 ATC callouts from STS-114 and STS-121 featuring CAPCOM Julie Payette. Check out the full list of features in theXRSound User Manual . You can also watch a demo of XRSound with Orbiter 2016.

XRSound also includes a new, licensed ambient music track titled 'Solar Serenity' by Grzegorz Lorens (Loru on Orbiter-Forum). A lossless version is available here.

For support information about XRSound, refer to this Orbiter-Forum thread.

Note: If you use any legacy vessels that still require OrbiterSound 4.0, you will also need to download and install SoundBridge by Face, which seamlessly routes OrbiterSound calls to XRSound. Remember that you will need to 1) uninstall OrbiterSound (if present), 2) install XRSound, and 3) install SoundBridge.

XR2 Ravenstar 1.10

Release date: 20-Feb-2018

Coding and 2D panels by Doug Beachy.
3D Model and textures by Steve 'Coolhand' Tyler.

XRSound is required in order for custom sounds to play.

Orbiter Game Download

XR5 Vanguard 1.13

Release date: 20-Feb-2018

Coding and 2D panels by Doug Beachy.
3D Model and auxiliary textures by Russell Hicks.
Skin and main textures by Penny Black.

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XRSound is required in order for custom sounds to play.

DeltaGlider-XR1 1.15

Release date: 20-Feb-2018


Orbiter Game Download For Laptop

Coding, 2D panels, and hull textures by Doug Beachy.
Original DeltaGlider 3D model and textures created by Frying Tiger.

XRSound is required in order for custom sounds to play.

XR Flight Operations Manual

The English version is linked above. You can also download a version of an earlier XR5 manual translated into Spanish by Julián Soulages here.

In addition, Ugo Palazzo (Ripley on Orbiter-Forum) has translated the XR Flight Operations Manual into Italian: you can download it from his Web site here.

XRVesselCtrlDemo 3.1

Release date: 22-Feb-2018, 209 KB
Author: Doug Beachy

This Orbiter plug-in module demonstrates the new XRVesselCtrl 3.x APIs, which include the ability to set and/or clear XR vessel damage from within Orbiter. Full Visual Studio 2015 C++ source code and project files are included.

XR1 Paint Kit 1.3

Orbiter Game Download For Windows 7

Release date: 8-Jun-2008, 5.1 MB
Author: Doug Beachy

The XR1 Paint Kit makes it easy for users to create, package, and release their own custom skins for the XR1. The updated 1.3 version features additional layers created by Marco G. Jansen. Full instructions are included.

Space Shuttle Game

XR2 Ravenstar Paint Kit 1.0

Release date: 3-Jan-2009
Author: Steve 'Coolhand' Tyler

Themuch-anticipated XR2 Paint Kit is now available! Download it from Orbit-Hangar here.

XR5 Vanguard Paint Kit 1.0

Orbiter 2016 Addons

Release date: 16-Jan-2011
Author: PennyBlack

PennyBlack has released a paint kit for the XR5. Download it from Orbit-Hangar here.

Orbiter 2016 Manual

TDGUI 2.0.2

Release date: 19-Dec-2016

Author: Doug Beachy

Spacecraft Game Download

TDGUI is a lightweight GUI front end for TradeDangerous, a power-user trade optimizer for Elite Dangerous. The TDGUI 2.0 release adds support for Elite Dangerous: Horizons. Requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.1 and Visual C++ Redistributable Package for Visual Studio 2013; see the readme.txt for installation instructions. More information is in this forum thread.

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