Passengers of Novespace, a subsidiary of the French National Center for Space Studies (CNES), enjoyed a total immersion experience at the Bourget 2017 trade show thanks to the Orbital Views system – a world first.

Showcased for the first time at the International Paris Air Show, Bourget 2017, the Airbus A310 Zero G operated by Novespace gave a select group of passengers on a gravity-free flight the chance to enjoy a ground-breaking experience.

During the flight, several of them became the first ever to try out the immersive Orbital Views system. This innovative virtual reality system allows passengers on a zero-gravity flight to contemplate the Earth from space while floating weightlessly inside the aircraft.

Ever closer to space

A new addition to its gravity-free flight service, this spectacular virtual reality experience reproduces what astronauts actually see and feel on a spaceflight.

On board the A310 Zero G, the first users of the Orbital Views system were awed by the beauty of Earth from the International Space Station, first from behind the Cupola, and then on a space walk, before taking a few steps on the Moon in actual lunar gravity