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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.
October 2006
Recent Features
NewSpace
NewSpace - Introduction & Resources
An overview of the NewSpace (or alt.space) entrepreneurial space world. NewSpace promises to bring much lower costs and much wider participation to space development. The section includes historical info, web resources, news, and more.
Prof. Glenn Harlan Reynolds
Interview: Glenn Reynolds
An exchange with the Instapundit, Professor of Law, author, and long time space activist about issues of space law and space politics, and about space development using armies of Davids.
NewSpace 2006 + Bigelow Aerospace Tour
Reports, articles, and more about the NewSpace 2006 Conference in Las Vegas, July 19-23. Also, photos and info from a press conference and tour of the Bigelow Aerospace facility in Las Vegas.

More Interviews, Articles, and Special Topics.

 

Space Music of the Month

 

World Hold On (Video)
by Bob Sinclair

At YouTube.com
Previous space music in spotlight

Space Artist Spotlight
Saturn Ring Glory by Don Dixon
Saturn Ring Glory
Mars Launch by Don Dixon
Mars Launch

Mars Colony 01 by Don Dixon
Mars Colony -1

Mars Colony 02 by Don Dixon
Mars Colony - 2
Don Dixon
More space art...
Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight
Mutiple Media - Space Images, Videos, Audio, and More

HobbySpace website provides several sections where you can find links to all sorts of space related images and videos, space sounds, etc. Below are some samples of what is available

Multiple Media

NASA Mars Galleries
Opportunity at Victoria Crater

Cassini at Saturn
Saturn as seen by Cassini

Dust Devils and other Strange Mars Images
Dust Devil on Mars

Human Spaceflight and Other NASA Galleries
Earthrise - Apollo 8

Astronomical Galleries
Hubble view of Orion Nebula



Real-time Imagery from Space

SOHO - latest images of the Sun


Eyes in the Sky Shopping

Satellite Photo Galleries
Google Earth - Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge - Google Earth

Orbimage - hi-res image of Las Vegas
Hi-res image of Las Vegas - Orbimage

Space posters, prints, etc. on sale
at various space shops. E.g Check out these HobbySpace advertisers:

Earth at Night poster
at SpaceShots.com:Earth at Night poster

Lunar panoramas
at Moonpans.com:
Lunar panoramas at Moonpans.com

It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

Suborbital Space Tourism Transports - Update

Several companies have announced plans to build and fly vehicles for suborbital space tourism within the next two to three years. We show below a sample of such companies. More suborbital projects are listed here.

(Note: VT - vertical takeoff, VL - vertical landing, HT - horizontal takeoff, HL - horizontal landing.)


SpaceShipTwo/WhiteKnightTwo
Scaled Composites/Virgin Galactic
Rocketplane XP
Rocketplane-Kistler

Burt Rutan's company is developing the SS2 system, which will follow the scheme of the SpaceShipOne / WhiteKnightOne. The SS2 will drop from the WhiteKnightTwo and then fire a hybrid rocket to got to over 100km.

SpaceShipTwo attached to WhiteKnightTow
2 pilots + 6 passengers
Airlaunch, HL
First test flights in 2008,
passenger flights in 2009.

The Rocketplane XP uses jet engines to take off from a runway. After reaching the proper altitude, it fires a rocket to go to suborbital space. After falling back into the atmospherethe jets are used for a powered landing.

Rocketplane XP
1 pilot + 3 passengers
HT, HL
Passenger flights in 2009

 


New Shepard
Blue Origin
Dream Chaser
Benson Space Company

Blue Origin, owned by Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com, is developing the New Shepard vertical takeoff and landing vehicle.

DC-X - model for the New Shepard
New Shepard will resemble the DC-X
Crew capsule and propulsion module remain
attached except for an abort.
At least 3 passengers
VT, VL
Commercial flights in 2010

The Dream Chaser is patterned after the HL-20 design from NASA.

Dream Chaser mockup
Mockup of the Dream Chaser
~6 passengers
VT, HL
First flights in 2009


Canadian Arrow
PlanetSpace
Thunderstar
Starchaser

This Canadian team is developing both the suborbital Canadian Arrow (see picture below) and the orbital Silver Dart vehicles.

Canadian Arrow
Canadian Arrow
3 passengers.
Capsule and booster separate.
VT, parachute landing at sea

 

The Thunderstar consists of a crew capsule and a booster than separate after the engine ceases firing.

Thunderstar
Thunderstar
3 passengers
Capsule and booster separate
VT, parachute landing
Flights planned for 2009


Explorer
Space Adventures, Prodea, RSA
Xerus
XCOR

This vehicle will be developed in Russia and will be air dropped from an existing vehicle. Spaceports in UAE and Singapore are under development where the system will fly passengers to 100km altitude.

Cosmopolis 21 - model for Explorer
The Explorer will resemble this mockup
of the Cosmospolis 21 design.
1 pilot, 5 passengers
Airlaunch, HL

XCOR is developing the XERUS for space tourism and scientific payloads. No firm rollout date has been announced.

Xerus
1 pilot + 1 passenger
HT, HL

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Space Weather
Sun, solar wind, aurora images
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Space Explorers
Images and data from
deep space probes.

Archive of previous HobbySpace homepage Spotlight items ...
September - November

HobbySpace provides over 15,000 space links and
has delivered over
10,675,000 page views since
January 1999.

The Art of C. Sergent Lindsey
NewSpace Watch at NSG

 

 
 
 
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