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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 2010
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Recent Features
Falcon I launch of RazakSAT
NewSpace 2009 Review
A summary of developments in NewSpace during 2010. Includes links to articles, blog postings, photos, videos, etc.
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.
Skylon takeoff
Interview: Mark Hempsell
Mark Hempsell of Reaction Engines Ltd is interviewed by Andy Janes for HobbySpace about Skylon, Sabre, & more.

More Interviews, Articles, and Special Topics.

Space Art Spotlight

Quiet Nightfall by Dawid Michalczyk
Quiet Nightfall

Nebula by Dawid Michalczyk

Ancent Giants by Dawid Michalczyk
Ancient Giants

The Cosmic Fantasy by Dawid Michalczyk
The Cosmic fantasy

Cosmic Awareness by Dawid Michalczyk
Cosmic awareness

Dawid Michalczyk
More space art...
Space Music Video of the Month
Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight
Space Image Processing

There is a continual flood of images from spacecraft probes sent out into our solar system. Only a tiny fraction of these often spectacular photos can be properly analyzed, processed and posted on official websites. Such imagery continues to accumulate in the many, many on line databases like those listed in the Multimedia section here.

Emily Lakdawalla has written an article in the January issue of Sky & Telescope magazine about the growing amateur involvement in accessing and processing such imagery, much of which will otherwise remain unseen by human eyes. See the articles at

She points to the example below where a flat, distorted view of a Mars landscape was reprocessed into a beautiful panorama by volunteers.

Was transformed into:

Data: NASA / JPL / Cornell; Processing: Michael Howard / Glen Nagle

Lots of supplementary information and links are provided in Spacecraft Imaging for Amateurs: Hyperlink Supplement. See, for example, the forum Unmanned where people involved in such image processing activity share information, examples of their work, news, etc.
It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

Flying the XCOR Lynx in South Korea

On December 17th, 2009, XCOR aerospace announced a collaboration with the Yecheon Astro Space Center, South Korea in which XCOR will provide the center with suborbital space launch services. Yecheon in turn will provide the $30M needed to see the Lynx program through development of first the lower altitude (61km) Lynx Mark I prototype and then the Lynx Mark II, which can reach altitudes greater than 100km. The partnership will work with the US government to insure that all space technology export restrictions are satisfied, e.g. a so-called "wet lease" arrangement will leave all vehicle service and operation in the hands of XCOR personnel.

Lynx Mark II Fligth Profile
Lynx Mk. 1 Flight Profile (full size, pdf)

The first Lynx could begin test flights by early 2011. The vehicle carries a pilot and one passenger. Below is a video describing the Lynx system and what a Lynx flight would be like.

This video from XCOR and Rocketship Tours describes the Lynx vehicle and flight experience.

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

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December 09 - February 10

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The Art of C. Sergent Lindsey
NewSpace Watch at NSG


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