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November 2007
Welcome to HobbySpace. the site that will prove to you that everyone can participate in space exploration and development in one way or another.
Recent Blog Postings
HobbySpace Log:
RLV & Space Transport News:
Recent Features
Launching at the X Prize Cup 2006
X Prize Cup 2007 - Review
The annual celebration of space and rocketry took place October 26-26, 2006 at Holloman AFB in Alamogordo, New Mexico in tandem with the air show there.
NewSpace 2007 - Review
Blog postings, notes, and articles about the recent Space Frontier Society's NewSpace 2007's annual conference that took place in July in Washington D.C.
Armadillo Aerospace - 4 module system
Space Access 2007 - Review
Blog postings, notes, and articles about the recent Space Access Society's annual conference that took place in March.
Commercial Stairway to Space - Vers. 2007
A new timeline for space development via private efforts. Comparison of the previous timeline to what actually happened in 2006. See also the updated RLV (Reusable Launch Vehicle) Table of ongoing projects. Plus a Glossary of NewSpace terms.
Space Artist Spotlight

Sky Lights by Cecil Herring
Cassini Tracking Saturn I

Space Pioneers by Cecil Herring
Space Pioneers

Space Station by Cecil Herring
Space Station

Sky Lights by Cecil Herring
Sky Lights

Cecil Herring


More space art...
Space Music of the Month

Music for Earth Orbit
by Alex Johnson - YouTube Video
Previous space music in spotlight

Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight
A Legacy of Your Own on the Moon

Lunar Legacy

The Google Lunar Prize (see below) offers a purse of $30M for teams to compete to be the first private organization to place a small robotic rover on the Moon's surface. Each team will carry a digital data package on their vehicle with images and messages submitted by the public. You can include your own message and photo for just a $10 contribution to the X PRIZE Foundation.

To participate in the Lunar Legacy program, just follow three simple steps: go to, upload a photo, and fill out a simple form.

Check out the gallery of messages and photos submitted so far.

It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

Google Lunar Prize

Google Lunar Prize

On September 13, 2007, the X PRIZE Foundation and Google

"announced the Google Lunar X PRIZE, a robotic race to the Moon to win a remarkable $30 million prize purse. Private companies from around the world will compete to land a privately funded robotic rover on the Moon that is capable of completing several mission objectives, including roaming the lunar surface for at least 500 meters and sending video, images and data back to the Earth."

Nine teams have already indicated that they intend to enter the competition, which ends in 2012. Famous robotics developer William Red Whittaker at Carnegie Mellon University, for example, said he plans to compete. Via a previous project, his team already has a working prototype lunar robot called Scarab:

Red Whittaker's Scarab prototype lunar rover.

Teams can either pay for a ride on a low cost rocket company or, like many AMSAT and student spacecraft, look for a cheap piggyback opportunity in the launch of a big commercial satellite.

Look for updates on the competition on the HobbySpace weblogs Space Transport News and Space-for-All.

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deep space probes.

See the archive of previous HobbySpace homepage Spotlight items ...
October 07 - December 07

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The Art of C. Sergent Lindsey
NewSpace Watch at NSG


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