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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.
August 2007
Recent Blog Postings
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Recent Features
NewSpace 2007 - Review
Blog postings, notes, and articles about the recent Space Frontier Society's NewSpace 2007's annual conference that took place in July in Washington D.C.
Armadillo Aerospace - 4 module system
Space Access 2007 - Review
Blog postings, notes, and articles about the recent Space Access Society's annual conference that took place in March.
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.
Launching at the X Prize Cup 2006
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

Early Moon by Michael W. Carroll
Early Moon

Triton by Michael W. Carroll

Enceladus by Michael W. Carroll

Mars Climb by Michael W. Carroll
Mars Climb

Michael W. Carroll


More space art...
Space Music of the Month

The Sky by Juni Fisher
YouTube video
Previous space music in spotlight

Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight
Space Mission Simulations

Space Mission Sims: Remote site simulations have been common in space programs since the beginning of the space age when, for example, Apollo astronauts practiced Moon rock hunting in western US desert locations. Private space groups, especially the Mars Society, are following this practice with the goal of developing technical, organizational, and sociological tools that will be used in real missions to space in the future.

This year the Mars Society is supporting a crew of seven people in a four month stay, May through August, at the Flashline Mars Arctic Station (FMARS) in the Canadian Arctic. This is the longest mission of the FMARS program and is intended to "prepare for eventual human missions to the Red Planet by conducting scientific exploration under nearly all of the constraints that astronauts on an actual Mars mission will one day face" (Objectives & Mission Overview). Here is the FMARS Webcam page with live images of the crew.

Last year the Moon Society turned the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah into a temporary Lunar Base. The Artemis MoonBase Sim 1 expedition consisted of a nine person crew that included engineers, a biologist, a journalist, and a documentary maker. During their stay, they carried out a number of tasks such as following a space frontier diet, testing light EVA suit designs, working on dust control, and constructing a simulated "pressurized tunnel" between the Hab main living quarters and the GreenHab, which holds a greenhouse and wastewater system.

Flashline Mars Arctic Station - FMARS
Flashline Mars Arctic Station
Devon Island, Canadian Arctic

Two participants in Artemis MoonBase Sim 1
Two intrepid explorers explore their lunar base during MDRS-45, Feb 26th-12th, 2006.

It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

More Bigelow Aerospace Public Participation

With the successful launch of the Bigelow Aerospace Genesis II inflatable space habitat prototype on June 28th, the company is testing a wide range of technical components and systems that will be important for future crew habitats. In addition, they are experimenting with various public participation programs.

Below left, is an image of items floating in the interior of the Genesis II. These things came from the public who paid to have a photo or other personal item flown on the spacecraft. The Fly Your Stuff gallery now includes three pages of images, mostly closeups, of such items.

The image on the right comes from a camera attached to a the end of a solar panel on Genesis II. Adjacent to the camera is a projector that puts images onto the side of the spacecraft. More examples of projections are here.

Genesis II  - Fly Your Stuff
Items from the public float within the Genesis II interior. See gallery of Fly Your Stuff
images of individual items.
Image projected on outside of Genesis II
An example of an image projected onto the
exterior of the Genesis II.
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Weather maps, remote sensing
and spysat images.
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and the latest data

Space Explorer Viewer
Space Explorers
Images and data from
deep space probes.

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July 07 - September 07

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The Art of C. Sergent Lindsey


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