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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 2011
Space for All Blog Space Transport News Blog
Special Features
NewSpace Log 2011
NewSpace Log 2011
This section holds links to blog posts, articles, pictures, etc. about events and developments this year in NewSpace. See also NewSpace Log 2010.
Coverage of first Falcon 9/Dragon
1st SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon Flight Resources
Links to blog posts, pictures, videos and commentary about the successful first launch, orbiting and safe return of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft on Dec. 8, 2010.
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.

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

Moon Setting  by Alex Riley
Moon Setting

Us  by Alex Riley

Hyper Novae by Alex Riley
Hyper Novae
Galactic 2 by Alex Riley
Galactic 2
Falls by Alex Riley

Alex Riley
More space art...
Space Music Video of the Month
Astronaut Cady Coleman, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson
Perform First Space-Earth Flute Duet

Previous space music in spotlight
Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight
Satellite Tracking at HobbySpace

Satellite tracking and observing as been a frequent topic here at HobbySpace. The Satellite Observing section includes links to a various tracking tools to determine the current locations of satellites as well as where they will be on particular day and time.

Now you can run the Satellite Tracking Tool from BINARY SPACE right here at HobbySpace in your browser. The program allows you to track a large set of satellites in both low earth and geostationary orbits. (Note: the program requires Microsoft Silverlight, version 4 or higher):

Binary Space - Satelite Tracking
(Large image)

The program presents satellites in a choice of 2-D and 3-D views:

3-D view - Binary Space Satellite  Tracking Tool

The program provides interactive controls to obtain data on satellites, to predict their orbits, and more. There is also a tutorial video with virtual host Amanda Bush:

Tool bar - Binary Space Satellite  Tracking Tool

It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch Vehicle


On April 5th SpaceX introduced the design of the Falcon Heavy (FH) launch vehicle. Based on their Falcon 9 rocket, which has had two successful flights, the FH would place 53 metric tons of payload into low earth orbit. The price comes to about $1000/lb ($2200/kg), which is 3 to 4 times less than the best current world launch price. The payload would be twice that of any other launch vehicle now in operation and would be half that of the Saturn V.

The Falcon Heavy will launch for the first time from Vandenberg Air Force Base in southern California by late 2012 or early 2013. They expect within a few years to be flying about ten Falcon Heavy and ten Falcon 9 missions per year. The company currently has contracts to supply cargo to the International Space Station and is expecting to win contracts also to deliver crews to the ISS using the Dragon capsule on the Falcon 9 rocket. In addition, they have a number of commercial satellite contracts on their manifest.

Here is a video of the press conference in which SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk presented the Falcon Heavy:


News on SpaceX and other innovative and entrepreneurial space companies and projects can be found on the HobbySpace blog Space Transport News.

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