Here is the latest Virtual
SpaceTV 3D show, which was created by BINARY
SPACE with story content from HobbySpace.
Virtual presenter Amanda Bush reports on a student
competition involving robots aboard the International
Space Station, on the British Skylon
single-stage-to-orbit spaceship, and on a documentary
film about Richard Garriott's trip to space. Space
weather man James C. Birk reports on a recent upsurge
in solar storms. New spaceweather-man
James C. Birk talks about the surge in solar storms
in the past month.
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
The BBC's Stargazing
Live program has encourage viewers to
participate in the the Planet
Hunters public participation project.
Participants examine data from the Kepler
orbital observatory to find indications
of a planet passing in front of a distant
Armadillo Aerospace Launch
STIG Rockets Towards Space
Aerospace has been best known for developing
rockets that take off and land vertically
(see, for example, this
video) and for providing engines for
of the Rocket
Racing League. In the past year, however,
they have been using more conventional tube
rockets to test their technology for supersonic
and high alititude flight. Since last June
they have flow their STIG rocket design
The vehicles are intended to be reused
after returning to earth via parachute.
However, STIG-A suffered some damage due
to problems with the ballute, an inflatable
form used to slow the rocket as it falls
in the near airless environment at high
altitude before deploying the parachute.
That sort of problem, however, is exactly
what the STIG vehicles are meant to investigate
A new, larger STIG-B rocket is expected
to launch in early spring and take a science
payload across the 100 km border to space.
"View of parachute ballute deployment
at apogee during Armadillo Aerospace’s
STIG-A III rocket launched from Spaceport
America, taken January 28, 2012".
Aerospace and Ben Brockert.
"View of the Rio Grande River valley from
239,000 ft (~50 mi) aboard
Armadillo Aerospace’s STIG-A III rocket
Spaceport America, taken January 28, 2012."
Aerospace and Ben Brockert
"Armadillo Aerospace's STIG-A III Rocket
from Spaceport America".
Aerospace and Ben Brockert
A video for the January 28th flight is
not yet available. However, here is a video
from the STIG-A rocket when it flew on December
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 5 or higher, as well as the latest
version of your browser. Currently the program works on
the Microsoft® Windows® platform only.) The Satellite
Observing section provides additional information
and web resources about the hobby of satellite tracking
Weather maps, remote sensing
and spysat images.