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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.
June 2012
Space for All Blog Space Transport News Blog
Special Features
NewSpace Log 2011
The NewSpace Log 2012
This section holds links to blog posts, articles, pictures, etc. about events and developments this year in NewSpace. See also NewSpace Log 2011.
NewSpace 2011 Conference
Space Access 12 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..
Space Access 2011
NewSpace 2011 Conference Review
A report on the annual Space Frontier Foundation's conference held at NASA Ames in Mountain View, California. Topics of discussion ranged from entrepreneurial space businesses to lunar mining to fully reusable suborbital space vehicles.

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

Planet exploration scene by Alexander Leydenfrost)
A planetary exploration scene
- Alexander Leydenfrost

Exile from Jupiter - cover for Tit-Bits Science Fiction Library
Exile from Jupiter

Scene from Operation Future
Scene from Operation Future
Exploring the asteroid Icarus
Exploring the Icarus asteroid
From a Utopia magazine cover
From a Utopia magazine cover

Rare & Wonderful 1950s Space Art
Dark Roasted Blend
More space art...
Space News from Virtual Amanda Bush

Here is the July episode of the Virtual SpaceTV 3D show, which was created by BINARY SPACE with story content from HobbySpace. Virtual presenter Amanda Bush begins with a report on the wild ride that Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), will undergo in August between the time it hits the atmosphere of Mars till it reaches the surface seven minutes later. Amanda also reports on some recent developments at Virgin Galactic and at SpaceX. Then Spaceweather-man James C. Birk reporting on how subdued the sun is despite the fact that it is reaching the peak of the current solar cycle. This didn't stop the sun, though, from sending out a big flare in early July. James also talks about the mysterious noctilucent clouds high above the earth.


{Please forgive Amanda from a glitch at the beginning where she introduces herself in the third person.)

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 according to a text script. The project is described in the Virtual Producer whitepaper (pdf). For further information contact (Note that the virtual voices continue to move towards a more natural sound.)

Space Music Video of the Month
Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight
Meteor Observing and Meteorite Collecting

A 13-year-old New Mexico boy using a metal detector recently found a 2-pound (1 kg) meteorite near Albuquerque. After a fireball exploded exploded over the Sierra foothills in northern California last April, hundreds of collectors and dealers descended on the area to hunt for the meteorite fragments scattered about.

When a chunk of an asteroid, technically referred to as a meteoroid, traverses our atmosphere, the tremendous heat generated produces the meteor, or shooting star, of the night sky. Sometimes the heat will cause volatiles within it to heat up to such an extent the rock explodes into a fireball. If some solid debris from the meteoroid make it to the ground, these remnants are referred to as meteorites.

Observing meteors and fireballs has long been an amateur activity. Hunting, collecting, buying and selling meteorites are also popular hobbies.

Affiliates of the American Meteor Society, for example, become members of an observational network who regularly report sightings of meteors and fireballs. The Society's Fireball Sightings page lists the most recent observations. Other sites providing the latest on meteor and fireball sightings include elp allsky and Latest Worldwide Meteor/Meteorite News.

For information and web resources for meteorite hobbies, see the Meteorites section in Space Collecting. There are many sites with tutorial information on buying and collecting meteorites and many stores where you can purchase them.

It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

Masten Space Systems Begins Flying Xaero Higher & Higher

Masten Space Systems has begun to fly its Xaero vertical takeoff and landing (VTVL) rocket vehicle to higher and higher altitudes. The video below shows the latest flight in which Xaero reached 444 meters. The goal is to go step by step up to around 30 kilometers. Here's a description of the flight from Masten's blog: Xaero: 444 for the 4th!


The company has a contract with NASA to carry various scientific experiments and technology tests on Xaero. The company is also in the process of building another VTVL vehicle that will above 100 kilometers, the border to space.

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 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 and watching.
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January 1999.

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