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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.
March 2010
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Recent Features
Space Access 10 Conference review
Space Access '10 Review
A report on the annual Space Access Society's annual conference in Phoenix, Arizona. The latest updates on low cost approaches to getting to space were presented.
New Space Log 2010
New Space Log 2010
This new section holds pointers to blog postings, articles, pictures, etc. concerning particular events and developments of interest during the year in New Space.
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.

More Interviews, Articles, and Special Topics.

Space Art Spotlight

Aflutter- Dana Ellyn
- Dana Ellyn

Yuri's Nightmare - Dave Savage
Yuri's Nightmare
- Dave Savage

Rocket Car or I'm sorry Steve, I Can't Let You - Todd Gardner
Rocket Car or I'm sorry Steve,
I Can't Let You
- Todd Gardner

Kamikaze Kawasaki - Jeannette L Herrera
Kamikaze Kawasaki
- Jeannette L Herrera

2010 Astro-Pop Art Exhibtion
Out of this World Party
More space art...
Space Music Video of the Month
Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight
Student Space Competitions

Student academic competitions that involve space are becoming increasingly common. Here is a sample or recent examples of such contests (see the Space Contests section for space related contests of all sorts):

International Collegiate Solar Power Satellite Design Competition - (IC-SPS-DC)

The competition is open to all Undergraduate and graduate students across the globe. This contest puts College Students in the shoes of Aerospace Industry Engineers designing a Space based Solar Power Satellite which will beam 10MWs of electricity down to earth. Student engineers demonstrate creativity, technical competence, management skills, space environment knowledge, teamwork, and presentation techniques to conquer the problems inherent in siting and designing a Solar Power Satellite. Team Registration for the competition is now open.

Students must register by August 15th and submit their design plans by Ocotber 15th.

Space Policy Essay Competition

The Secure World Foundation and the Space Policy journal are sponsoring this contest.

The competition is open to all law school students and graduate students of space policy for a publishable article on a topic of current debate.
The deadline is December 31, 2010.

Rice University Business Plan Competition

This competition spans many types of business plans but includes NASA sponsored prizes for space related business plans. For more information, see

NASA Announces Systems Engineering Student Competition - NASA

NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate is inviting teams of undergraduate and graduate students throughout the country to participate in the fourth annual Systems Engineering Paper Competition. Participants in the competition will submit a paper on an Exploration Systems mission topic. The deadline to register for the competition is April 16. Papers are due April 23. The winning teams will be announced in May. Awards include up to $3,500 in cash scholarships and VIP invitations to attend a future space shuttle or rocket launch at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The competition is designed to engage students in the science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, disciplines critical to NASA's missions.
More information is available at Systems Engineering Paper Competition.
It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

SpaceX Prepares for First Launch of Falcon 9/Dragon

Space Exploration Technologies, i.e. SpaceX, is preparing for the first launch of its Falcon 9 launcher with the Dragon capsule on top. The company has a contract with NASA to provide cargo delivery services to the International Space Station. The company will carry out four test flights of the system before it begins regular service to the station in 2011.

The company also hopes to provide crew transport services for NASA as well as for commercial customers such as Bigelow Aerospace, which plans to orbit a large manned habitat in 2014. The new NASA budget proposed by the Obama Administration includes plans to hold a competition among several industry teams to provide for taking crews to the Station by 2015.

Entrepreneur Elon Musk founded SpaceX with the goal of lowering substantially the cost of access to space. The company makes most of the components for its rockets in-house due to the high prices of standard aerospace sources. The vehicles are also intended to be reusable, or at least, refurbishable. Only about $500M has been spent on development of the Falcon 9/Dragon system (including about $280M from NASA), which is about a factor of ten less than the development cost of similar vehicles in the industry.

The first two videos below show a recent successful test firing of the Falcon 9 on its launch pad at Cape Canaveral. This was a major milestone as the vehicle prepares for its first launch sometime in April or May. The bottom video shows a simulation of a complete mission to the ISS and the return of the Dragon capsule.


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