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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.
December 2007
Recent Blog Postings
HobbySpace Log:
RLV & Space Transport News:
Recent Features
Ups and Downs in NewSpace in 2007
A review of important events, business, and technology developments in the entrepreneurial spaceflight community and industry during 2007.
  
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.
  
Space Frontier 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.
  
Space Artist Spotlight

Saturn as seen from Saturn by Chesley Bonestell
Titan as seen from Saturn

The Exploration of Mars by Chesley Bonestell
The Exploration of Mars

Assembling the Mars Ship in Earth Orbit by Chesley Bonestell
Assembling the Mars Ship in Earth Orbit

Third Stage Separation by Chesley Bonestell
Third Stage Separation


Chesley Bonestell (1888-1986)

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Space Music of the Month

Space Music - Stephane Eliot
YouTube Video
Previous space music in spotlight
   

Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight
Space Video Story Telling

Animation and video tools accessible to those on small budgets have become increasingly powerful and easy to use. Such tools can allow a person with imagination and patience to tell a story in video with vivid 3-D realism of the sort that professional studios a few years ago could only have made. I expect we will soon see space enthusiasts creating many video documentaries and sci-fi programs. For example, check out this series of videos posted at YouTube by the blogger kibishipaul (YouTube page) about a mission to Mars:

Here are links to the current set of episodes:

  1. Mars 1 - Journey Begins
  2. Mars 1 - Commanders Log
  3. Mars 1 - Crash Landing
  4. Mars 1 - Alive!
  5. Mars 1 - The Trek
It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

SpaceX Update

Falcon 9 engine test
The first engine test for the Falcon 9 booster. See video of test.

Elon Musk recently posted "another monster update" on progress at SpaceX, the startup space transport company. The update included the latest news about the Falcon 9, their large vehicle intended for big payloads such as communications satellites. In 2006 the company won a COTS (Commercial Orbital Transportation Services) contract with NASA to assist development of the vehicle so that it can also be used to deliver cargo to the International Space Station. Using the Dragon capsule, the Falcon 9 will eventually be able to carry crews to the ISS as well as to other destinations such as the Bigelow orbital habitats.

The first flight of the Falcon 9 is currently planned for late in 2008. If all goes well with three subsequent COTS demonstration flights, the vehicle will be declared operational by 2010. The smaller Falcon 1 vehicle is scheduled to have its first operational flight in the Spring of 2008. See the launch manifest.

The goal of SpaceX is to offer the lowest cost access to space of any rocket company in the world.

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