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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.
April 2010
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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.



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Space Art Spotlight

Extrasolar terrestrial planet - Fahad Sulehria
Extrasolar terrestrial planet

Algol A, Algol B and Algol C - Fahad Sulehria
Algol A, Algol B and Algol C

A Hot Jupiter: Extrasolar Gas Giant - Fahad Sulehria
A Hot Jupiter: Extrasolar Gas Giant
Neptune - Fahad Sulehria
Neptune

Earth-Moon Heavy Bombardment - Fahad Sulehria
Earth-Moon Heavy Bombardment



Nova Celestia
Fahad Sulehria
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Space Music Video of the Month

Water on the Moon
Written by LCROSS Deputy Project Manager John Marmie.
Performed by John Marmie and Jeff Petro.
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Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight
Science Teachers go Weightless

The company ZERO-G offers the general public the opportunity to experience weightlessness at relatively low cost by providing rides on their plane as it travels a series of parabolas. As shown on the plot below, as the plane "falls" on the downward side of the parabolic trajectory, passengers will experience weightlessness for about 20 seconds or so. On the upward side, they will feel the other extreme of double their normal weight.

The Northop-Grumman company began a program a few years ago in which it sponsors rides on the ZERO-G plane for US science teachers in middle schools. The Weightless Flights of Discovery program has been quite popular and is continuing this year.

The goals include rewarding teachers for their crucial role in introducing science and technology to young minds. It's also hoped that the flights will reinvigorate the teachers' enthusiasm for their work. For the students, the hope is that seeing their very own teachers taking part in such amazing experiences will be exciting and bring a sense of real involvement with what would otherwise seem dry and abstract.

Below is an example of a teacher presenting videos of her weightlessness experience to an assembly of students, who appear captivated and thrilled by what they see.


Sept 15, 2009 Spaceflight Training for Educating Minds, Powell Valley Middle School, Virginia.
Youtube - Virginia Spaceports

The Space Frontier Foundation plans to take the next step and send teachers on suborbital spaceflights to 100km. See the Teachers-In-Space site for details.

It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

Rocket Racing Debut Exhibition in Tulsa, Oklahoma

X-Racer in sky at Tulsa AIr Show
X-Racer in the skay at the Tulsa Air Show, April 24, 2010.
(Photo - Byron Totty)

After several years in development, the Rocket Racing League this year has begun a series of exhibitions events. On April 24th, the new Mark III X-Racers made their public debut at the Tulsa Air Show. Two of the vehicles flew at the same time, though they did not race. Their Ethanol/Liquid Oxygen rocket engines were built and integrated into Velocity airframes by Armadillo Aerospace.

The first actual races are not expected until 2011. The RRL will experiment with different race formats during the exhibitions this year, looking for the best way to excite audiences and involve them in the events.

A key aspect of the races will be the Raceway in the Sky in which virtual gates are seen on TV while spectators at the races will see them on giant Jumbotron screens set up near the stands. The pilots will also see the gates via displays on their helmut visors.

Virtual gates in a 3-D raceway in the sky will be visible on TV and on the
Jumbotron screens at the events. This screen capture of a demonstration
at the Tulsa show shows a gate reacting with a fireworks display after a
vehicle goes through it.

The X-Racers will push liquid fueled rocket engine technology towards very high reliability and robustness like that of jet engines. The larger goal in turn is to benefit development of rocket vehicles for spaceflight that operate with the reliability and fast turnaround capability of jet aircraft.


A video with Miles O'Brien at the Tulsa Air Show.

Find more Rocket Racing videos at www.youtube.com/user/RRLofficial. Lots of pictures from the event are available at Picasa Web Albums - Rocket Racing League.

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

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