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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.
November 2009
Recent Blog Postings
HobbySpace Log:
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Recent Features
NG Lunar Lander Challenge 2009
SpaceShipTwo Rollout
Links to articles, blog postings, photos and videos about the unveiling of the SpaceShipTwo vehicle on Dec. 7, 2009 at the Mojave Spaceport by Virgin Galactic.
NG Lunar Lander Challenge 2009
NGLLC 2009 Resources
Links to blog reports, articles, videos, photos, etc. for each round of flights by the teams in the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge competition.
Interview: Mark Hempsell
Mark Hempsell of Reaction Engines Ltd is interviewed by Andy Janes for HobbySpace about Skylon, Sabre, & more.
David Ashford
Interview: David Ashford
The founder of Bristol Spaceplanes is interviewed by Andy Janes for HobbySpace about rocketplanes.
Falcon 1 launch
NewSpace 2009
Compilation of blog postings, articles, photos and videos for this conference that took place at NASA Ames in July 2009.

More Interviews, Articles, and Special Topics.

Space Art Spotlight

Rambler Records America's Conquest of Space
America's Conquest of Space

Other Worlds Other Sounds by Esquivel and his Orchestra
Other Worlds Other Sounds

Ames Brothers Destination Moon
Ames Brothers/ Destination Moon

Sir Julian - Organ in Orbit
Sir Julian - Organ in Orbit

Rocket Age Polkas by Gene Mitchko and His Band
Rocket Age Polkas

Spaced Out! The Final Frontier in Album Covers - EMP|SFM
More space art...

Space Music Video of the Month
Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight
Public Participation in NASA Science

NASA outreach efforts include a number of projects in which students and the general public can participate. Here is the latest sample of such projects:

Map Mars

Help improve the location precision of images made of the Red Planet by orbiting spacecraft. In this on line project you align images onto a background map. This activity is sponsored by the Be a Martian program at JPL.

Count Mars

The number of craters within a given area on Mars is an indication of the geologic age of that area. In this project you count the craters within a given area on an image so that scientists can get a map of the ages of areas across the surface of the planet. This activity is sponsored by the Be a Martian program at JPL.

( Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope)

"Students team with scientists to conduct cutting edge research leading to discovery. GAVRT excites K12 students while accomplishing educational and scientific objectives."

Student Observation Network

"Student Observation Network modules allow students to discover answers to some of the questions that excite NASA scientists. "How can we predict solar storms to protect satellites and astronauts?" "How can falling snow, snowpacks and ice cores help us understand climate and climate change?" "How can humans live in space?" "Are there places in the solar system, other than Earth, that may harbor life?""

Links to more such projects can be found at HobbySpace in several sections:

It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge

The final flights in the 2009 Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge (NGLLC) competition took place in the Mojave, California area near the end of October. Masten Space Systems successfully met the Level II requirements by flying twice back and forth between two landing pads while remaining airborne for 3 minutes each way, all within a 2 hour and 15 minute time window. Their landing accuracy bested that of Armadillo Aerospace, which had flown in September, thereby winning the first place prize of $1,000,000. Armadillo won the second place prize of $500,000.

The Unreasonable Rocket team managed to fly one leg of the Level I requirements (90 seconds in the air each way) but a hard landing damaged the vehicle and prevented them from continuing. Their Level II vehicle had technical problems that prevented any flights. The fourth registered team BonNovA withdrew from the competition.

Below are videos of the Masten Space Level II flights and Unreasonable Rocket's Level I flight. See the NGLLC 2009 Resources page for more videos, photos, links to blog reports, articles, etc. for each round of flights by the teams in this year's competition.


Masten qualifies for Level II of
Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander X PRIZE Challenge 2009

Unreasonable Rocket Launch Attempt for NGLLC Level I

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

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