Columbus Space Laboratory
Climb Aboard The Spaceship Experience
On this page, we invite you to a virtual tour of the Orbitall Space Centre at the FEZ. If you like what you see, then why not come and visit our team during one of the Orbitall Project Weeks, a Space Weekend or during a Family Mission?
Original objects from space missions (such as Russian space station MIR), models of launch vehicles, information terminals and video projections cater for everyone who is fascinated by space travel. Online work stations allow visitors to research further if something in particular catches their eye.
German astronaut, Dr. Ulrich Walter gives visitors the latest advice for future expeditions from the safety of our futuristic airlock. What do small astronauts in particular have to be aware of? How fit do you need to be to head off on an expedition? Come and find out by taking a training session!
You can't fail to notice the 4 large modules from the International Space Station when you first enter the Training Hall. The swivelling chair, swashplate, aerotrim and aero wheel will all help you prepare for a trip into space. After all, whether you are a commander, on-board engineer or technician, you'll have to be able to deal with limited gravity, difficulty manoeuvring and an inability to balance as easily if you're going to be useful on the mission.
Space Control Centre
The control centre is essential in starting the flight, taking care of the flight and landing the flight. Before the mission is started, you can test yourself at our computerised work stations to see if you possess the required knowledge, skills and ability to react quickly for a place in the control centre or on board.
The Phoenix spaceship is on hand to show our visitors a virtual flight with the International Space Station. The crew on board must stay in close contact with the Orbitall Control Centre to share information and collect data and pictures. The amazing view of Earth from the Space Station cupola (similar to that seen in the original Star Wars episodes) allows you to see just how beautiful our planet looks.
"Columbus" Space Laboratory
All sorts of scientific and technological experiments are carried out in the Columbus Space Laboratory allowing engineers to improve the designs of spaceships and astronauts to better understand the effects of space travel on their bodies.