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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 2008
Recent Blog Postings
HobbySpace Log:
RLV & Space Transport News:
Recent Features
ISDC 2008 & Space Investement Summit - Review
The annual conference of the National Space Society was held in Washington DC and also included a Summit on investment in NewSpace ventures.
XCOR Lynx flight profile
Space Access 2008 - Review
The Space Access Society's annual meeting - Space Access '08 - took place this year during March 27-29 in Phoenix, Arizona. Reviews, commentary and photos are presented here.
Bigelow Genesis II

Commercial Stairway to Space - 2008
A prognostication for how private commercial operations could dominate the development of human spaceflight activity by 2020.

Ups and Downs in NewSpace in 2007
A review of important events, business, and technology developments in the entrepreneurial spaceflight community and industry during 2007.

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

Grissom and Young - Norman Rockwell  (1965)
Grissom and Young
Norman Rockwell - 1965

Skylab - Peter Hurd  (1973)
Peter Hurd - 1973

Apollo 8: Coming Home (detail) - Robert  T. McCall  (1969)
Apollo 8 Coming Home (Detail)
Robert T. McCall - 1969

First Steps -<span class="credits">Mitchell  (1963)
First Steps
Mitchell Jamieson - 1963

NASA Art at the Smithsonian

Traveling exhibition of NASA sponsored art.
More space art...
Space Music of the Month

The Green Grass Near My Home
(YouTube Video)

Zemlyane - "The Earthlings"
Popular Russian song from 1983.
Previous space music in spotlight   

Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight
Lunar Exploration Participation

The Google Lunar X PRIZE and the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge contests are two of the most exciting public space and rocket development programs.

RedRover - CMU
Students and faculty at Carnige Mellon involved in the
Astrobotic lunar rover entry in the Google Lunar X PRIZE.
See the list of other GLXP teams.

Armadillo Aerospace Mod in flight
A picture of the Armadillo Aerospace Mod vehicle in flight
during the 2007 Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge event.
See compilation video.

However, there are many other contests and projects related to the Moon in which students and volunteer enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds can participate. Here are some examples:

** Send your name to the Moon on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Deadline is June 27th.

** The 8th Continent Project at the Colorado School of Mines sponsors the 2009 Business Plan Competition for university students:

the competition focuses on developing viable business plans using space-related technologies that have real-world potential. The 8th Continent Business Plan Competition challenges students in business, engineering and science to collaborate in creating business ventures related to space, but with immediate commercial application on Earth. Teams should consist primarily of graduate students, although undergraduate participation is welcome. Prizes for the winner include up to $50,000 in cash and in-kind services.

** Join the Moon Society and get involved in helping to make lunar settlement a reality.

** NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center sponsors an annual Moonbuggy competition.

** NASA and the California Space Authority are sponsoring these two other Moon related Challenges:

  • 2008 Regolith Excavation Challenge - "compete to build the autonomous and mobile excavator that can extract the most simulated lunar regolith within power, mass, and time constraints."

  • MoonROx Challenge - "Efficient production of breathable oxygen from in-situ lunar resources"

** Explore the Moon vicariously with Google Moon. Check out other on and off line lunar related software such as Apollo simulations and lunar landers.

** The National Space Society and Hadley Rille Books just sponsored the Return to Luna Science Fiction Contest. The winners will be announced later this summer.

It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

SpaceX Test Fires 5-Engines on the Falcon 9 Booster

SpaceX is developing the Falcon 9 two stage rocket vehicle for applications ranging
from satellite launches to delivery of cargo and crews to the International Space Station.
The first stage will be powered by nine Merlin LOX/Kerosene engines. The company is
preparing for the first flight of the Falcon 9 in early 2009 and is testing the booster
at a facility in Texas. The above video shows the first time that five engines were
fired simultaneously. They expect to fire a full compliment of nine engines within
a few months.

Check for SpaceX announcements on the Space Transport News blog.

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May 08 - July 08

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