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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 2006
Recent Features
Prof. Glenn Harlan Reynolds
Interview: Glenn Reynolds
An exchange with the Instapundit, Professor of Law, author, and long time space activist about issues of space law and space politics, and about space development using armies of Davids.
NewSpace 2006 + Bigelow Aerospace Tour
Reports, articles, and more about the NewSpace 2006 Conference in Las Vegas, July 19-23. Also, photos and info from a press conference and tour of the Bigelow Aerospace facility in Las Vegas.
An analog lunar explorer
Interview: Peter Kokh
Discussion with the editor of the Moon Miners's Manifesto about lunar base simulations, living on the Moon, and other lunar development topics.

More Interviews, Articles, and Special Topics.


Space Music of the Month


Echo (video)
by Steven Wood
At atom Films
Previous space music in spotlight

Space Artist Spotlight
Fog in the Valley by Rick Sternbach
Fog in the Valley
(Valles Marineris on Mars)
Bussard Ramjet - Rick Sternbach
Bussard Ramjet

Refueling Station - Rick Sternbach
Refueling Station

Vallers Marineris Terrain Model- Rick Sternbach
Valles Marineris Terrain Model
Rick Sternbach
More space art...
Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight
Collecting Artifacts Flown in Space
The most prized possessions of collectors of space memorabilia typically include items that have actually been in space. Flown artifacts range from pieces of spacecraft equipment to items such as medallions and stamps that were deliberately flown in space and returned, usually as rewards for NASA employees and contractors. Below are some examples of flown artifacts currently available at space collectibles dealers.

Countdown Creations
Gemini 4 Flown Seed and Print
Gemini 4 Flown Seed & Print
A limited edition print of astronaut
Edward H. White during his famous space walk on the Gemini 4 mission. It also
includes a "a mustard seed that was
carried by White on Gemini 4 as a
symbol of faith".

Flown bolt
Bolt flown on Challenger
A "complete flown bolt from the Space Shuttle Challenger on STS-51 F - Spacelab 2. Comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity plus a fact sheet about the Shuttle and a copy of the original NASA papers documenting this bolt was flown in space on STS-51 F."

NovaSpace: Flown to the Moon
US flag flown on Apollo 12
Flown Apollo 12 Flag
A "4x6 nylon flag was flown to the moon aboard Apollo 12, vacuum packed in Alan Bean's Pilot Preference Kit (PPK)".

USSR-Russian Aviation & Space Collectibles
Flown Russian spacesuits
Flown Spacesuits
This site typically has on hand several Russian
spacesuits that have flown on Soyuz missions to the Space Station.

It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

Space Tugs

A space tug refers to a spacecraft that remains permanently in space and whose job is to move other spacecraft. There is currently one space tug in serious development and several in the design stage.

A space tug in low earth orbit would greatly benefit the development of an elaborate and powerful in-space infrastructure. It could rendezvous with payloads launched from earth and take them to their destination, typically a space station. The payloads would no longer need their own orbital propulsion, guidance, and navigation systems. Thus launch systems could be simplified and their costs significantly reduced.

A space tug would also allow for new types of facilities in orbit such as fuel depots where vehicles heading for the Moon or other deep space destinations could fuel up before heading outward.

Orbital Recovery

Orbital Recovery is a collaboration of several European aerospace companies that is developing a space tug that will attach to aging communications satellites and extend their working lives.

The CX-OLEV space tug just after deployment

The CX-OLEV space tug attached to a comsat.

The CX-OLEV is expected to make its first flight later in this decade. The tug uses an electric propulsion system, which is extremely efficient at fuel use. The tug will attach to a comsat via the spacecraft's fuel nozzle.

Parom Space Tug - Energia

The Parom (Ferry) space tug is a vehicle designed by the Russian Energia company. It would remain permanently in space where it would dock with cargo containers and crew modules launched from earth.

Parom space tug
The Russian Parom Space Tug

The Parom would take its attached module and rendezvous and dock with a station. This relieves the containers and crew modules from needing to have this capability on their own.

Parom docked with a cargo module
The Parom attached to a cargo container.

According to this interview with the chief designer at Energia, the Parom could be in operation by 2009.

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