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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.
July 2010
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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.
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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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NASA Moonbase Multi-player Game

NASA's Moonbase Alpha is a high resolution simulation of a lunar base that serves as a multi-player game. It is available for free download at Steampowered.com (currently it's only available for Windows platforms).


Preview of Moonbase Alpha from NASA.

The game is described as follows:

NASA has once again landed on the lunar surface with the goal of colonization, research, and further exploration. Shortly after the return to the Moon, NASA has established a small outpost on the south pole of the moon called Moonbase Alpha. Utilizing solar energy and regolith processing, the moonbase has become self-sufficient and plans for further expansion are underway.

In Moonbase Alpha, you assume the exciting role of an astronaut working to further human expansion and research. Returning from a research expedition, you witness a meteorite impact that cripples the life support capability of the settlement. With precious minutes ticking away, you and your team must repair and replace equipment in order to restore the oxygen production to the settlement.

Team coordination along with the proper use and allocation of your available resources (player controlled robots, rovers, repair tools, etc.) are key to your overall success. There are several ways in which you can successfully restore the life support system of the lunar base, but since you are scored on the time spent to complete the task, you have to work effectively as a team, learn from decisions made in previous gaming sessions, and make intelligence decisions in order to top the leaderboards.

Reviews of the game:

It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

Bigelow Aerospace to Launch Commercial Space Station in 2014

Robert Bigelow, founder and chief of Budget Suites, seeks to boost human space flight by putting the first privately developed space stations into orbit. His Bigelow Aerospace company took technology for inflatable structures initially studied at NASA and developed the technology to a flight worthiness level. They successfully launched and operated two prototype habitats, Genesis I and Genesis II, in 2006 and 2007 respectively.

The structures, though inflated, are not balloon-like with thin walls but in fact have multiple layers of material including Vectran, which is tougher than bullet-proof Kevlar. They have done extensive testing with hyper-velocity projectiles to show that the walls will actually be more resistant to micrometeorites and orbital debris than the standard aluminum walls used, for example, for the ISS modules. The fabric walls also produce less secondary radiation.

The company is now developing two types of crew capable habitats: the 3-person Sundancer and the much larger 6-person BA-330 (the structure has 330 cubic metres or 12,000 cu ft of internal volume).

The BA website has recently been revamped and includes a lot more information about the company and their plans for the future. See, for example, this page with pictures of construction currently underway that will double the floor space of their already extensive plant in Las Vegas.

This sequence of pictures shows the assembly sequence of an orbital complex of two Sundancer and one BA-330 habitats. The first orbital complex would look like the following illustration showing three habitats (two Sundance and one BA-330 modules) connected together along with solar panels. It also shows transport capsules that will bring crew and cargo to the station.

Orbital Complex - Bigelow Aerospace

The company website says,

We anticipate construction of our first space station to begin with a Sundancer launched in early 2014, and that by 2015 the station will be available for client use.. The seven-step assembly sequence begins with Sundancer-One launched first (unoccupied).

Bigelow Sundancer module vs ISS Destiny Module

 

Bigelow Sundancer module vs ISS Destiny Module

Here is leasing information for an orbital space station in case you are in the market:

Bigelow Aerospace’s clients will be able to lease the entire station, an entire BA 330 or Sundancer or share space within a module. We will provide a comprehensive turn-key experience including our clients’ transportation and on-orbit needs. Whether you are a sovereign nation developing an astronaut program, a corporation interested in microgravity research, or an individual with a desire to experience space, we can help you achieve your goals. For more information about business opportunities, please send us a message from our Contact Us page.

 

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