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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 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

Moon Workers - Albert Choi, 10, US, 1st place overall, 2D visual, age 10-13 and 1st place art
Moon Workers - Albert Choi,
1st place art, age 10-13

The Explorater - David Lane-Smith, 10, Canada, Tom Miedema, 11, Canada
The Explorater -
D. Lane-Smith+T.Miedema,
2nd place art, age 10-13

What's Your Horizon? -Mayisha Nakib, 17, US, 1st place overall, 2D visual, age 14-17 and 1st place art
What's Your Horizon? Mayisha Nakib,
1st place art, age 10-13
The Flying Falcon- Emily Blydorp, 12, Canada, Jonathan Lane-Smith, 13, Canada, Molly Mullin, 12, Canada, 2nd place overall, 2D visual, age 10-13 and 1st place art
The Flying Falcon - E.Blydorp+
J. Lane-Smith+M. Mullin
2nd place art, age 10-13
Mission to Europa - Oriana Menendez, 17, US, 1st place overall, 2D visual, age 14-17 and 1st place art
Mission to Europa Oriana Menendez,
1st place art, age 14-17


IAA Int. Youth Art Competition
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 gives a special report on the development of space tourism over the past decade and where it is going in the years ahead:

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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 info@binary-space.com.

Space Music Video of the Month

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Apollo (Sample tracks)
by synth.nl (Michel van Osenbruggen)
Previous space music in spotlight

Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight
Fund Your Own Pico-Satellite

Cornell University grad student Zac Manchester has opened the Kickstarter project KickSat -- Your personal spacecraft in space!. The goal is to raise $30K to fund development and launch of the tiny "Sprite" pico-satellites that he and his collaborators have been working on for three years. Their goal

is to bring down the huge cost of spaceflight, allowing anyone from a curious high school student or basement tinkerer to a professional scientist to explore what has until now been the exclusive realm of governments and large companies. By shrinking the spacecraft, we can fit more into a single launch slot and split the costs many ways. I want to make it easy enough and affordable enough for anyone to explore space.
The project is described in detail at SpacecraftResearch.com and here is an introductory video

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Additional information is available at

It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

SpaceX Announces Plans to Develop a Fully Reusable Launch Vehicle

On October 17th more than 800 people attended a ceremony at Spaceport America near Las Cruces, New Mexico to dedicate the new terminal building. Within a couple of years, space tourists will arrive at the terminal to take their Virgin Galactic rides on SpaceShipTwo rocket vehicles up across the 100 kilometer border to space and back down. The terminal will also serve as a hangar for the SpaceShipTwo vehicles and their carrier WhiteKnightTwo aircraft.

Terminal-hangar at Spaceport America

The WhiteKnightTwo "Eve" with the SpaceShipTwo "Enterprise" slung beneath it flew from Mojave, California for the event. The vehicles are currently undergoing an extensive test program in Mojave, where Scaled Composites, which built the vehicles, is located. Once the vehicles are determined to be safe and reliable, they will move to New Mexico to begin regular service.

Richard Branson and members of his family, along with several famous friends, participated in the event. As shown in the video below, Branson and his two children also joined with the Project Bandaloop dance troupe for the performance that led up to the official dedication of the building as the Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space.

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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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See the archive of previous HobbySpace homepage Spotlight items ...
September 11 - November 11

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January 1999.

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NewSpace Watch at NSG

 
 
 
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