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Welcome to HobbySpace. the site that will prove to you that everyone can participate in space exploration and development in one way or another.
Space for All Blog Space Art Spotlight
NASA Visions of the Furture

The Grand Tour
The Ground Tour poster


Relax on Kepler-16b
Relax on Kepler-16b
Moonwalk 1
More space art
Space Music Video of the Month


Upside Down & Inside Out
By OK Go
See posts here and here about the making of the video.

It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

Blue Origin and SpaceX Fly Reusable Rockets

As of April 2, 2016, Jeff Bezo's Blue Origin company has flown the reusable New Shepard suborbital space vehicle three times above the 100 km border to space. The New Shepard consists of a rocket booster powered by the company's Liquid Hydrogen/Liquid Oxygen BE-3 engine. A crew capsule, which can hold up to six people, sits atop the booster and is released at apogee and comes back down separatel for a landing via parachutes. The booster lands vertically on the flame of its rocket engine

Here is a video of a test flight to 103 kilometers on April 2, 2016:


The crew capsule landed safely while the booster waited to fire its engine at a much lower altitude than before. In the video you can see the rocket coming down really fast before it quickly slows and lands softly.

The company plans in a year or two to fly people to space. In the meantime, science experiments and technology R&D payloads will ride the vehicle during its test flights. See the post here for two videos about experiments that flew on the latest flight.

SpaceX continues to make progress with its space transports as well. Back in December the first stage of a Falcon 9 booster made a powered return to a landing pad on Cape Canaveral. The upper stage took a payload of 11 satellites on to orbit. Here is a video of the dramatic landing:


The booster was laster test fired on a launch pad at the Cape. It will not be used to fly a payload to space. It will instead be saved for a museum as the first orbital rocket booster to fly back for a landing.

Attempts to return and soft land a Falcon 9 booster onto a sea platform have come close to success but not yet perfect. Some payloads are so heavy the booster will not have enough fuel to return to the launch site. So learning how to do sea landings is important.

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Satellite Tracking at HobbySpace
Satellite tracks
Satellite track display

3-D viewing option
Run the Satellite Tracking Tool from BINARY SPACE right here at HobbySpace in your browser. (Windows 10 users must instead get the SpaceTracker app here.) The program allows you to track a large set of satellites in both low earth and geostationary orbits. (Note: the program requires Microsoft Silverlight, Version 5 or higher, as well as the latest version of your browser. Currently the program works on the Microsoft® Windows® platform only.) The Satellite Observing section provides additional information and web resources about the hobby of satellite tracking and watching.
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January 1999.

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