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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.
July - August 2012
Space for All Blog NewSpace Watch 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

Gemini Capsule (detail)  by Kahn and Selesnick
Gemini Capsule (detail)

Momento Mori by Kahn and Selesnick
Momento Mori

Lunar Prcession (detail) by Kahn and Selesnick
Lunar Precession (detail)
Joiurney to the Moon (detail) by Kahn and Selesnick
Journey to the Moon (detail)
Oracle by Kahn and Selesnick
Abandoned Oxygen Fiedl (detail) by Kahn and Selesnick
Abandoned Oxygen Field(detail)
Et in Arcadia ego I (detail) by Kahn and Selesnick
Et in Arcadia ego I (detail)

Apollo Prophecy &
Mars: Adrift on the Hourglass Sea
Richard Selesnick and Nicholas Kahn
More space art...
Space News from Virtual Amanda Bush

Here is the August episode of the Virtual SpaceTV 3D show, which was created by BINARY SPACE with story content from HobbySpace. The space news and weather is presented by virtual hosts Amanda Bush and James C. Birk.


In this program, Amanda begins with a report on the successful landing by the Curiosity rover on Mars. It survived its seven minutes of terror just fine. Amanda then talks about NASA's selection of three companies for the agency's commercial crew transport program. In a few years, NASA astronauts will ride on US commercial vehicles to reach low earth orbit. Amanda also notes that this summer Masten Space and Virgin Galactic have been test flying their rocket vehicles and Armadillo Aerospace will soon fly its reusable Stig-B rocket to space. James talks about recent solar flares, aurora, and meteor showers. The program concludes with a tribute to an astronaut who made great contributions to the US space program.

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

Space Music Video of the Month
Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight
Finding a Citizen Science Project for You

More and more real scientific research projects which invite members of the general public to participate are opening up all the time. These are now often referred to as Citizen Science projects.

I have often pointed here to programs like Zooniverse, which offers astronomical and space science related Citizen Science projects such as Planet Hunters and Moon Zoo.

To assist people in finding a citiizen science project to match their particular interest, thre is now SciStarter. It lists all sorts of projects in many different areas such as Astronomy & Space, Biology, Climate & Weather ,Geology & Earth Science, Physics and many others.

Find a Citizen Science project for you.

It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

Masten Space Systems Flies Xombie for JPL

Last month we reported here on Masten Space Systems flights of their Xaero vertical takeoff and landing (VTVL) rocket vehicle. The video below shows a flight of their older vehicle called Xombie. The flights are for a group at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab that is using Xombie to test their guidance and navigation system for use on future landers on Mars and other places in the solar system. Here's a description of the flight from Masten's blog: Xombie 750 Meter Downrange Flight, Precision Landing


And here is a "Bonus Compilation" of views from various cameras of the flight.


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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June 12 - September 12

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