SpaceEngine capabilities

  • All types of celestial objects are represented: galaxies, nebulae, stars and star clusters, planets and moons, comets and asteroids.
  • Known celestial objects are represented using data from the catalogs: galaxies (NGC/IC), stars (HIPPARCOS), star clusters, nebulae, planets (our Solar system data and known extrasolar planets).
  • Uncharted regions of space feature procedurally generated objects: galaxies, stars, star clusters, nebulae and planetary systems.
  • The observer is free to move around the universe. Transition between any celestial body and any scale occurs seamlessly.
  • The observer can move around in space using the WASD keys, like in First Person Shooters. Movement with inertia is made possible in Spacecraft mode or Aircraft mode.\"Select and fly" autopilot: just click on any object with the mouse and hit the 'G' key to automatically go directly to the object.
  • Automatic binding of the observer to a moving object and automatic selection of optimum flight speed.
  • Search for celestial objects by name. Search for stars in a radius around you. Scalable map of the Universe and a planetary system browser. Saving locations and autopilot's journal.
  • Built-in wiki system with descriptions of many known objects and ability to extend by user. Possibility of renaming and describing of any object, including procedural ones.
  • The orbital motion of planets and stars is calculated in real time, with the ability to accelerate, decelerate, or reverse the flow of time.
  • Display of orbital paths of celestial objects, their rotation and motion vectors, labels and markers, celestial grid, current selection pointer and user velocity vector.
  • Volumetric 3D models of galaxies and nebulae with interstellar dust clouds.
  • 3D landscapes of planets and stars: for many solar system bodies actual data from space probes is used; for uncharted and procedural planets the surface is generated procedurally on the GPU.
  • The exact model of the Earth's atmosphere (code by Eric Bruneton), adapted for the other planets.
  • Lighting effects: lens flares, solar eclipses, shadows of planetary rings. Celestial objects cast light and shadows onto each other.
  • Controllable space ships (alpha).
  • Original background music with context-dependent switching of tracks.
  • Localization to many languages, with the ability to add new ones.
  • Ability to import user addons: models, textures, catalogs.
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Major new features:

  • Many improvements with space ships - docking, landing, Alcubierre warp drive, new autopilot functions.
  • New physically accurate rendering of black holes, neutron stars and white dwarves with accretion disks.
  • Planemo (rogue planets), Y brown dwarfs and other new types of stars, chemical composition of planetary atmospheres.
  • Massive catalogs of binary and multiple star systems, black holes, brown dwarfs.
  • Reversed fp32 z-buffer: no more z-fighting, camera can approach objects up to a distance of a few centimeters.
  • New mods and addons installation procedure - just drop a single .pak file to the "addons" folder.
  • Total update of hi-resolution Solar System texture packs.
  • 134 bugs has been fixed :)

Read full list of changes and bugfixes on the download page.

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Sorry it's been so long since the last update, SpaceEngineer has had his hands full with life and developing SE, so he hasn't had time to post on all...

SpaceEngine crowdfunding reached $15,000

SpaceEngine crowdfunding reached $15,000


Great news! SpaceEngine's funding has reached its first major milestone - $15,000 - allowing development to be accelerated.

SpaceEngine has been Greenlit!

SpaceEngine has been Greenlit!


After we reached #10 spot on greenlight, Valve has decided to add SpaceEngine to Steam! Thanks to everyone who voted!!



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SpaceEngine now has a Steam Greenlight page! Everyone please go and vote!

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SpaceEngine - a free space simulation program that lets you explore the universe in three dimensions, from planet Earth to the most distant galaxies...



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SpaceEngine - a free space simulation program that lets you explore the universe in three dimensions, from planet Earth to the most distant galaxies...

SHW Ship Lights Mod

SHW Ship Lights Mod

Vehicle Skin

Changes radiator color and removes a couple of lights for ships using SHW's modules.

more nebulas

more nebulas

Skin Pack

explore the universe with more nebulas.

Carl Sagan's Spaceship of the Imagination

Carl Sagan's Spaceship of the Imagination

Vehicle Model

Fly around in SpaceEngine with the Spaceship of the Imagination from Carl Sagan's Cosmos series!



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SpaceEngine - a free space simulation program that lets you explore the universe in three dimensions, from planet Earth to the most distant galaxies...

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Is this a graphically intensive game for a Windows computer with 8GB of RAM and a 3.4GHz processor?

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Спасибо! Чудесная вещь.

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vault boi
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is pretty neato

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INtense! Staff

Just wanted to thank you for the continually updates on IndieDB + ModDB. Great to see the coverage you are receiving in the wake of the NMS fiasco.

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This is one of the best projects on this site 10/10. Please keep going!

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Magnifique, just put me in something I can fly in it I can blow up, (even down to the planets surface would be nice.

Perhaps remove a whole star even maybe even planet through wanten bloodlust or sheer boredom of other space game's none of which have that feature no matter how interactive they say their universe is.

Imagine taking out a whole star system by taking out all the player's in it's solar systems sun! ER great idea! wow even! Not just one players planet destroyed or captured at a time, but their whole solar system. You could have players defending their star sun even, because what ever weapon destroys it only works on sun / stars because of star chemical makeup in sich.

If that's not politically correct enough you could have artificial sun makers and sich.. to make it all better again, but the players in that solar system would lose tech or planet development infrastructure damage etc..

Oh one other thing these pesky human beings are so vein, see if you can manage player to upload their own player profile picture. or even paste it over their space craft or ship! Of course all for a nominal fee.


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Why would i want to destroy stars and planets?

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You guys rock so hard! This is one of best things (yes things) i have ever downloaded! Thank you very much. Donation will follow!

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This is by far the best universe simulator out there!

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