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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.
May 2007
Recent Blog Postings
HobbySpace Log:
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Recent Features
Space Access 2007 - Review
Blog postings, notes, and articles about the recent Space Access Society's annual conference that took place in March.
Launching at the X Prize Cup 2006
Commercial Stairway to Space - Vers. 2007
A new timeline for space development via private efforts. Comparison of the previous timeline to what actually happened in 2006. See also the updated RLV (Reusable Launch Vehicle) Table of ongoing projects. Plus a Glossary of NewSpace terms.
Armadillo Pixel vehicle at the X Prize Cup
X Prize Cup 2006 - Review
The annual celebration of space and rocketry took place October 21-22, 2006 in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Space Artist Spotlight
Moonwalker - Paul S. Hoffman

Moring Fog (Mars) - Paul Hoffman
Morning Fog (Mars)

Moonscape 1 : Far from Home - Paul Hoffman
Moonscape 1: Far from Home

Mission to Mars - Paul S. Hoffman
Mission to Mars
(See "step-by-step article on how the painting was created".)

Paul S. Hoffman
More space art...
Space Music of the Month

Space Oddity
- David Bowie

YouTube video of performance
circa 1970
Previous space music in spotlight

Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight
HiRISE Clickworkers

Clickworkers for HiRISE

You can help Mars scientists look for interesting features in the thousands of images taken of the Mars surface by the HiRISE (High Resoultion Imaging Science Experiment) camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), whic is currently orbiting the Red Planet. Computers are still very limited in image recognition capabilities and so Mars researchers need human assistance to carry out systematic examinations of the images. Volunteers can participate at home via their browser by examining images and marking features of possible interest. See the Clickworkers for HiRISE for more information on how to participate.

See also the NASA Clickworkers site for other opportunities for the public to participate in real space science.

Clickworkers for HiRise

It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

Bigelow Commercial Space Stations

In April 2007 at the Space Foundation's annual symposium in Colorado Springs, Robert Bigelow outlined ambitious plans for space habitat development by his Bigelow Aerospace company over the next decade.

Beginning this month, the company plans to launch its second Genesis 2 module, which will join Genesis 1 currently doing quite well in orbit.

In 2008 they will launch the Galaxy module, which islarger and includes a number of upgrades in design and instrumentation over the Genesis modules.

The first manned capable module, the Sundancer, will be launched in the 2010 time frame. A Sundancer can support a crew of three.

The BA 330 modules, with 330 cubic meters of space, could begin launching in 2012-2013. Two BA 330 modules and a Sundancer will be formed a multi-module station via a propulsion bus and central docking module. Three such clusters could be in orbit by 2015.

The plan is to rent out space on the modules to government and commercial users. For example, Bigelow expects that old and newly developed countries around the world currently without manned space programs of their own will use the BA stations to obtain their own place in space. There will also be companies pursuing micro-gravity R&D and product development. Of course, space tourism will also be a big market for such stations, though Mr. Bigelow does not want the stations referred to as space hotels.

For further details, see Big plans, low prices - The Space Review and Bigelow Reveals Space Business Plan - Aviation Week.

Bigelow modules relative scale
The relative sizes of the Bigelow Aerospace habitat modules that will be launched over the next several years. (Image Bigelow Aerospace.)
Bigelow Aerospace poster
A Bigelow Aerospace poster showing a
three module station, three of which could be
in orbit by 2015.
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deep space probes.

See the archive of previous HobbySpace homepage Spotlight items ...
April 07 - June 07

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