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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.
August 2010
Recent Blog Postings
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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

Scene from by  Stanley  Von Medvey et al
Scene from L5 miniseries

L5 suit by  Stanley  Von Medvey et al
Spacesuit for L5 miniseries

Scene from by  Stanley  Von Medvey et al
Scene from L5 miniseries
Launch Day by  Stanley  Von Medvey
Launch Day

L5 Colony by  Stanley  Von Medvey et al
L5 orbital colony in L5 miniseries

Stanley Von Medvey
& L5 Miniseries
More space art...
Space Music Video of the Month
Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight
Radio Astrononmy at Home

Radio Astronomy sounds like an extremely advanced activity that only major laboratories can carry out with gigantic antennas. However, the field was actually invented when Grote Reber built the first dedicated radio telescope dish in his backyard in the 1930s. Observing the cosmos in the radio bands over the subsequent decades became a major part of astronomical research. However, amateurs also do many interesting radio astronomy observations as well such as monitoring storms on Jupiter, listening to solar activity and to the galatic background.

A member of the SETI League has this parabolic dish set up behind the house.

The Radio Astronomy section here provides lots of information and links to web resources on the subject.

See, for example, the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers, whose website provides tutorial information like this: Getting Started in Radio Astronomy.

Another site offers this tutorial: Poor Man's Radio Telescope.

Hardware is available from many radio equipment sites such as the Radio Astronomy Supplies. website.

Here are some introductory books on the subject:

Note that collecting space sounds generated via space radio signals is a popular activity. See the section on Natural Space Music for many links to clips of sounds from the cosmos.

It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

Boeing and Bigelow Aerospace Develop Passenger Capsule

This summer Boeing and Bigelow Aerospace released more details about the work they have been doing on the Commercial Space Transport (CST-100) spacecraft. The system will transport up to seven people to orbit where it could dock with the ISS or with Bigelow's commercial space station (see last month's homepage NewSpace spotlight). The reusable spacecraft could be launched on different boosters, including the ULA Atlas V and SpaceX Falcon 9.

The team is currently developing the design with funding provided by NASA's Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program. The Obama Administration has proposed that access to low earth orbit for NASA astronauts be turned over to commercial companies who will compete to provide much lower cost transportation than would be available from a single in-house NASA designed and subcontracted system.

Here is a Boeing animation showing a CST-100 mission to a Bigelow Aerospace commercial
space station:

More details about the project can be found via these links:


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

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