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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.
September 2011
Space for All Blog Space Transport News Blog
Special Features
NewSpace Log 2011
The 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.
NewSpace 2011 Conference
NewSpace 2011 Conference Review
A report on the annual Space Frontier Foundation's conference, held this year at NASA Ames in Mountain View, California. Topics of discussion ranged from entrepreneurial space businesses to lunar miing to fully reusable suborbital space vehicles.
Space Access 2011
Space Access 11 Conference Review
A report on the annual Space Access Society's annual conference in Phoenix, Arizona. The focus, as always, was on efforts by entrepreneurial companies to achieve dramatically lower costs for getting to space..

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

Kepler-10 Stellar Family Portrait by Tim Pyle
Kepler-10 Stellar Family Portrait

Kepler 11  by Tim Pyle
Kepler 11

Blacker than Black by Tim Pyle
Blacker than Black
Exoplanet HD 209458b by Tim Pyle
Exoplanet HD 209458b
Massive Smash-Up at Vega  by Tim Pyle
Massive Smash-Up at Vega
Epsilon Eridani: Double the Rubble  by Tim Pyle
Epsilon Eridani: Double the Rubble

Tim Pyle
More space art...
Space News from Virtual Amanda Bush

Here is the latest Virtual SpaceTV 3D show, which was created by BINARY SPACE with story content from HobbySpace. The virtual presenter Amanda Bush reports on SpaceX's reusable Falcon 9 project, the opening of a factory by The SpaceShip Company, XCOR and Space Expedition Curaçao agreement, and sightseeing from the ISS:


Previous Virtual SpaceTV 3D shows are available on the HobbySpace Youtube Channel.

These videos are intended as demonstrations of an experimental technique for generating animated presentations. The show was generated autonomously by software and without human interaction. The project is described in the Virtual Producer whitepaper (pdf). For further information contact

Space Music Video of the Month


An Oddity of Space animation - illustrated by Andrew Kolb
from Simon Victor on Vimeo.
Previous space music in spotlight

Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight
Youtube Space Lab Contest
Winning students can put their experiment on the ISS

A collaboration of NASA and other space agencies with Space Adventures, Google/Youtube and Lenovo is sponsoring the Youtube - Space Lab video contest in which students will compete to place experiments on the International Space Station: Youtube Space Lab Lifts Off with Lenovo Aboard - Space Adventures. The Youtube Space Lab is

"a worldwide initiative that challenges 14-18 year-old students to design a science experiment that can be performed in space. The two winning experiments will be conducted aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and live streamed on YouTube."

It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

SpaceX Announces Plans to Develop a Fully Reusable Launch Vehicle

On September 29th, Elon Musk, the visionary found and CEO of SpaceX, announced that the firm would begin development of a fully and rapidly reusable version of their Falcon 9/Dragon launch system. If successful, the system would lower the price of getting into space by as much as 100 times below the standard current cost of several thousand dollars per kilogram. Musk believes that at such costs, it will become feasible for humanity to expand into the solar system and colonize Mars.

This animation shows how the three components of the Falcon 9 system -
the first and second stages of the rocket and the Dragon crew capsule -
will return back to the launch faciltiy with powered vertical landings.

Here is the presentation given by Elon Musk to the National Press Club: The Future of Human Spaceflight - C-SPAN:


Check for the latest in leading edge rocket and space travel projects on the
Space Transport News Blog
Satellite Tracking at HobbySpace

Tutorial videos
Satellite tracks
Satellite track display

3-D viewing option
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). The Satellite Observing section provides additional information and web resources about the hobby of satellite tracking and watching.
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Weather maps, remote sensing
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Images and data from
deep space probes.

See the archive of previous HobbySpace homepage Spotlight items ...
August 11 - October 11

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January 1999.

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