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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.
January 2009
Recent Blog Postings
HobbySpace Log:

RLV & Space Transport News:
Recent Features
Falcon 1 launch
Review of NewSpace in 2008
A compilation of significant events and developments in the NewSpace movement during 2008.
NG-LLC 2008
Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge
Compilation of blog postings, articles, photos and videos concerning this event in October 2008.
Bigelow Genesis II

Int. Sym. on Personal and Commercial Spaceflight
NewSpace 2008
ISDC 2008 & Space Investment Summit
Reviews and compilation of blog postings, articles, photos and videos concerning these events in 2008.

More Interviews, Articles, and Special Topics.
Space Art Spotlight
Lunar Adventures by Steve Thomas
Lunar Adventures
Visit Mars by Steve Thomas
Visit Mars

Travel to Jupiter by Steve Thomas
Travel to Jupiter

Travel to Saturn by Steve Thomas
Travel to Saturn

Steve Thomas

More space art...
Space Music Video of the Month
Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight
Space Simulators
I previously spotlighted space simulator programs. The Space Simulations section lists many dozens of programs that provide a wide range of simulated space activites such as launching rockets of all sorts, landing on the Moon, roving Mars, living in a space station, etc.. Below is a sampling of some of these programs.
Easy Lander
Easy Lander

Space Dream Studios.
Try also the free on line
Easy Lander 2D

Planetary Rover
HyperKat Games
Explore the surface of Mars with your
rover vehicle. See also the new Mars Colony ETS simulation program, which provides "an immersive first person 3D graphics experience."

This open source Java program provides
simulation of Gemini, Apollo, and
Space Shuttle missions
Windows on Earth
Windows on Earth
This free on line program simulates
the view from the ISS window of the
earth as it passes beneath the station.
It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

SpaceX Falcon 9 Progress

SpaceX continues to make progress towards development of lower cost space transportation. Last year they successfully launched their Falcon 1 small launcher for the first time. By the end of the year they had carried out a full duration test firing of the 9 engine first stage of the big Falcon 9 vehicle and fully integrated the vehicle at its facility at Cape Canaveral. The time sequence below shows the first raising of a Falcon 9 last week at the SLC-40 pad at Cape Canaveral. The first launch of the vehicle is expected this summer.

The company recently won a $1.6B contract with NASA to deliver cargo to the International Space Station. SpaceX plans eventually to launch people with the vehicle.

This video shows the raising of the first Falcon 9 on the SLC-40
pad at Cape Canaveral. The first flight is expected this summer.

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

Real-Time Space Viewers
Earth Viewer
Weather maps, remote sensing
and spysat images.
Space Weather Viewer
Space Weather
Sun, solar wind, aurora images
and the latest data

Space Explorer Viewer
Space Explorers
Images and data from
deep space probes.

See the archive of previous HobbySpace homepage Spotlight items ...
December 08 - February 09

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January 1999.

The Art of C. Sergent Lindsey
NewSpace Watch at NSG


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