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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 2008
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Recent Features
ISDC 2008 & Space Investement Summit - Review
The annual conference of the National Space Society was held in Washington DC and also included a Summit on investment in NewSpace ventures.
 
XCOR Lynx flight profile
Space Access 2008 - Review
The Space Access Society's annual meeting - Space Access '08 - took place this year during March 27-29 in Phoenix, Arizona. Reviews, commentary and photos are presented here.
 
Bigelow Genesis II

Commercial Stairway to Space - 2008
A prognostication for how private commercial operations could dominate the development of human spaceflight activity by 2020.
 



More Interviews, Articles, and Special Topics.
Space Artist Spotlight

Bruce McCandless by Luc Pilmeyer  (1990)
Bruce McCandless (1990)

Neil Armstrong's Dream  by Luc Pilmeyer  (1990)
Neil Armstrong's Dream (1986)

Moon Goddess by Luc Pilmeyer  (1990)
Moon Goddess (1995)

Space Harvest  by Luc Pilmeyer  (1990)
Space Harvest (1986)


Luc Pilmeyer

More space art...
Space Music Video of the Month

Pink Floyd "Echoes" and Final Part of "2001" -
Jupiter and Beyond Synchronisation - 25 min

See also Wired article with similar videos and
Jupiter And Beyond The Infinite | Synchronicity Arkive.
Previous space music in spotlight   
Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight
Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Awards

Pete Conrad Foundation

The late Pete Conrad walked on the Moon during the Apollo 12 mission and later became a space technology innovator and entrepreneur. He was a leader of the team, for example, that developed and tested the DC-X/XA reusable rocket demonstrator and he also later founded the Universal Space Networks and Universal Spacelines companies.

To commemorate Conrad's accomplishments, the Conrad Foundation seeks to "energize and engage students in science and technology through unique entrepreneurial opportunities".

They just announced the opening of the 2008 Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Awards. This program invites teams of high school students across the US to compete in to develop innovative concepts involving space and energy:

The competition is engages high school students in creating commercial products using science and technology.

Students design products in personal space flight, lunar exploration and renewable energy. NASA’s call for a human return to the moon and the increased interest in space transportation are the foundation of this year’s Conrad Award aerospace challenges. In addition, students will answer Al Gore’s energy challenge to America, by using renewable energy to change everyday life.

“This generation like every other generation, has the ability to design its future. Our award provides the resources for them to do so,” said Nancy Conrad, wife of the late Pete Conrad and founder of the Conrad Foundation.

Students create unique products, produce viable business plans, and are given opportunities to bring their ideas to market. This competition provides students with the ability to network with scientists, university professors, world business leaders, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. “Winning is just the beginning,” said Nancy Conrad. “This competition is the pipeline from education to industry. We have not only created a program, we’re driving a movement.”

(Emphasis mine.) Initial Submissions are due January 9, 2009. to obtain further information about the competition, see www.conradaward.org.

It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

SpaceX Falcon I Launch Success!

SpaceX succeeded on September 29th in launching the Falcon I rocket to orbit. This was the first privately financed liquid-fueled rocket vehicle to reach orbit. It was the fourth attempt after three previous launches failed due to various design flaws. The vehicle is built almost entirely in-house with no legacy hardware from earlier vehicles so it is not surprising that some tests flights were required to work out the bugs.

Elon Musk founded SpaceX with the goal of lowering the cost of accessing space dramatically. The Falcon I is currently priced about a quarter the price of competing vehicles. The company is also building the much bigger Falcon 9 rocket and the Dragon capsule that will ride on it. Partial funding for the Falcon 9/Dragon system comes from NASA under its Commercial Orbital Tranportation Services (COTS) program in which the agency will pay private firms for delivery of cargo to the International Space Station. SpaceX also plans eventually to carry people to orbit on the Falcon 9/Dragon.


Falcon 1 Flight 4 music video done to Crystal Method's "High Roller".
A high definition version of this video is available in the SpaceX video gallery.

See also the full video of SpaceX reaches orbit
with Falcon 1 - Flight 4 including Elon Musk statement
- (43 minutes)


Check for the latest in leading edge rocket projects on the Space Transport News blog.

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