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Spaceship Controller in Unity 3D


In this tutorial, I will be showing how to make a spaceship controller in Unity 3D.

Let's begin!


  • Place spaceship model in your Scene (I will be using a Spaceship model from this Asset Store package)

  • Create new GameObject, call it "Spaceship"
  • Move the Spaceship model inside the "Spaceship" object and change its position to (0, 0, 0)
  • Create new script, call it "SC_SpaceshipController" and paste the code below inside it:


using System.Collections;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using UnityEngine;


public class SC_SpaceshipController : MonoBehaviour
    public float normalSpeed = 25f;
    public float accelerationSpeed = 45f;
    public Transform cameraPosition;
    public Camera mainCamera;
    public Transform spaceshipRoot;
    public float rotationSpeed = 2.0f;
    public float cameraSmooth = 4f;
    public RectTransform crosshairTexture;

    float speed;
    Rigidbody r;
    Quaternion lookRotation;
    float rotationZ = 0;
    float mouseXSmooth = 0;
    float mouseYSmooth = 0;
    Vector3 defaultShipRotation;

    // Start is called before the first frame update
    void Start()
        r = GetComponent<Rigidbody>();
        r.useGravity = false;
        lookRotation = transform.rotation;
        defaultShipRotation = spaceshipRoot.localEulerAngles;
        rotationZ = defaultShipRotation.z;

        Cursor.lockState = CursorLockMode.Locked;
        Cursor.visible = false;

    void FixedUpdate()
        //Press Right Mouse Button to accelerate
        if (Input.GetMouseButton(1))
            speed = Mathf.Lerp(speed, accelerationSpeed, Time.deltaTime * 3);
            speed = Mathf.Lerp(speed, normalSpeed, Time.deltaTime * 10);

        //Set moveDirection to the vertical axis (up and down keys) * speed
        Vector3 moveDirection = new Vector3(0, 0, speed);
        //Transform the vector3 to local space
        moveDirection = transform.TransformDirection(moveDirection);
        //Set the velocity, so you can move
        r.velocity = new Vector3(moveDirection.x, moveDirection.y, moveDirection.z);

        //Camera follow
        mainCamera.transform.position = Vector3.Lerp(mainCamera.transform.position, cameraPosition.position, Time.deltaTime * cameraSmooth);
        mainCamera.transform.rotation = Quaternion.Lerp(mainCamera.transform.rotation, cameraPosition.rotation, Time.deltaTime * cameraSmooth);

        float rotationZTmp = 0;
        if (Input.GetKey(KeyCode.A))
            rotationZTmp = 1;
        else if (Input.GetKey(KeyCode.D))
            rotationZTmp = -1;
        mouseXSmooth = Mathf.Lerp(mouseXSmooth, Input.GetAxis("Mouse X") * rotationSpeed, Time.deltaTime * cameraSmooth);
        mouseYSmooth = Mathf.Lerp(mouseYSmooth, Input.GetAxis("Mouse Y") * rotationSpeed, Time.deltaTime * cameraSmooth);
        Quaternion localRotation = Quaternion.Euler(-mouseYSmooth, mouseXSmooth, rotationZTmp * rotationSpeed);
        lookRotation = lookRotation * localRotation;
        transform.rotation = lookRotation;
        rotationZ -= mouseXSmooth;
        rotationZ = Mathf.Clamp(rotationZ, -45, 45);
        spaceshipRoot.transform.localEulerAngles = new Vector3(defaultShipRotation.x, defaultShipRotation.y, rotationZ);
        rotationZ = Mathf.Lerp(rotationZ, defaultShipRotation.z, Time.deltaTime * cameraSmooth);

        //Update crosshair texture
        if (crosshairTexture)
            crosshairTexture.position = mainCamera.WorldToScreenPoint(transform.position + transform.forward * 100);
  • Attach SC_SpaceshipController script to "Spaceship" object
  • Create new GameObject, call it "CameraPosition" and move it inside "Spaceship" object
  • Move Main Camera inside "CameraPosition" object and change its position to (0, 0, 0)
  • Tweak the "CameraPosition" object position till you happy with the result

  • Move the Main Camera outside of "Spaceship" object
  • In SC_SpaceshipController assign Camera Position, Main Camera and Spaceship Root (this should be a transform of a spaceship model) variables

  • Lastly create new UI Canvas (GameObject -> UI -> Canvas)
  • Right click on Canvas object -> UI -> Image
  • Change alignment of a new image to top left

  • Assign the sprite below to the image

  • Finally assign the newly created image to Crosshair Texture in SC_SpaceshipController

The Spaceship controller is ready. Use mouse to look around, A/D to rotate along the Z axis and Right Mouse Button to accelerate.