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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.
October 2010
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NewSpace 2010 (Bigelow Aerosspace space  station )
NewSpace 2010 Review
A report on the annual Space Frontier Foundation's conference, held this year in Sunnyvale, California. Topics of discussion ranged from entrepreneurial space businesses to lunar miing to fully reusable suborbital space vehicles.
Space Access 10 Conference review
Space Access '10 Review
A report on the Space Access Society's annual conference in Phoenix, AZ. The latest updates on low cost launch systems.
Coverage of first Falcon 9 launch
1st SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Resources
Links to blog posts, pictures, videos and commentary about the successful first launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
New Space Log 2010
New Space Log 2010
This section holds links to blog posts, articles, pictures, etc. about events and developments this year in New Space.

More Interviews, Articles, and Special Topics.
Space Art Spotlight

Vintage Rocket Launch by  Chris MacDonald
Vintage Rocket Launch

Double Planets  by  Chris MacDonald
Double Planets

Sun Rise from Orbit by  Chris MacDonald
Sun Rise from Orbit
Moon Rise from Orbit by  Chris MacDonald
Moon Rise from Orbit
Fantasy Seascape  by  Chris MacDonald
Fantasy Seascape

Chris MacDonald
MrPackRat's Gallery
More space art...
Space Music Video of the Month
Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight
Experiencing Mars in Utah

The Mars Society sponsors several participatory projects including the Mars Analog Research Stations. These stations provide simulations of Mars bases so that technologies and techniques for living and working on Mars can be tested. Volunteers are selected to comprise a crew to carry out simulated Mars missions. which can last for some number of weeks depending on the project. The video below is a mini-documentary on one of the recent crews at the Society's Mars Desert Research Station in Utah. The MDRS has seen 90 crews since it was first opened in January 2002.

Mars on Earth: The People Who Are Already Living On the Red Planet, No Spaceship Required
- Motherboard - Sept.14.10

It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

SpaceShipTwo Glides & Spaceport America Opens

Virgin Galactic and its partner Scaled Composites, which is led by famous aircraft designer Burt Rutan, are making steady progress towards their goal of taking paying passengers to suborbital space above 100 km in altitude. The WhiteKnightTwo mothership "Eve"" recently carried the SpaceShipTwo "Enterprise" to 13,700 meters (45,000 ft) and released the SS2. The unpowered SS2 tested its flying capabilities for the first time and glided down to a safe landing at the Mojave Air & Spaceport in California. See the Virgin Galactic announcement. Below is a video of the test:

Scenes from the first glide test flight of SpaceShipTwo "Enterprise" on October 10, 2010
Virgin Galactic

Once the test program for the WK2/SS2 is complete, which could take 9 to 18 months, the vehicles will be moved to Spaceport America near Las Crcues, New Mexico. There, they will begin routine spaceflight operations starting with about one flight per week and eventually going to multiple flights per day. The roomy SpaceShipTwo has room for 2 pilots and 6 passengers.

Below is a video about the recent dedication of the Spaceport America runway, whose construction was recently completed:

A Spaceport America video of the dedication event on October 22, 2010.

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

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