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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 2008
Recent Blog Postings
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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

First Steps - by Frank Hettick - 2008
First Steps (2008)

Jupiter and Beyond - by Frank Hettick - 2005
Jupiter and Beyond(2005)

Fun in Orbit - by Frank Hettick - 2008
Fun in Orbit (2008)

Jupiter and IO from Europa - by Frank Hettick - 2008
Jupiter and IO from Europa (2008)

Ice Lakes of Triton - by Frank Hettick - 2006
Ice Lakes of Triton(2006)

Frank Hettick

More space art...
Space Music Video of the Month

Music For Earth Orbit
Alex Johnson
Previous space music in spotlight   
Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight
Going to the ISS with Richard Garriott

Richard Garriott has said he will spend more than half his net worth for his visit to the ISS next October. (Such flights are said to cost around $30M.) So spaceflight isclearly something of tremendous importance to this pioneer in computer game design and the son of a former NASA astronaut.

However, he wants the trip to be more than just a great experience for himself. He has become a veritable space participation making machine in the way he has initiated one project after another that involves students and the general public. Here is a list of some of the activities revolving around his flight:

Garriott Science Challenge: This program is in collaboration with the Challenger Center and involves a set of challenges to students. Some of the challenges include:

YouTube: Can you play sports in Space
YouTube: Can You Play Sports in Space?
Sports in Space Challenge: Action and Reaction: This challenge is in collaboration Ken Harvey, a former player for the Washington Redskins. In this challenge to students, "Garriott will experiment with action and reaction in space by recreating a variety of sports motions with the help of former NFL player Ken Harvey. Check out some of our studentís predictions and look ahead to seeing the demonstrations during and after Richardís flight this October 2008!".
Student Patch Contest winner Art Challenge: Students were challenged to create "designs that symbolizes the adventure and discovery of space exploration! Students of all ages created designs for a T-shirt that represents Richard Garriott's educational activities around his flight that he will fly into space".
Space Explorer Garriott Snapshots Earth
YouTube: Space Explorer Garriott Snapshots Earth
Earth Science Challenge: While aboard the Station, Garriott intends "to take photographs of the Earth, many of which will replicate some of the photographs his father, astronaut Dr. Owen Garriott took 35 years ago on Skylab. This project adds student targets to Richard's list of photographs to take in space. Students chose sites that can illustrate how well we are taking care of our planet over the next generation."

He also has the UK Space Education Challenge in which "UK students are invited to get involved in two out-of-this-world space science experiments to be conducted by Richard Garriott during his stay on the International Space Station (ISS) this October."

Operation Immortality

This project is described as follows:

"Operation Immortality [...] will take a storage device into space to archive information about the human race..

Operation Immortality will give all participants a chance to leave their mark on the future and help save humanity from possible extinction.

You can become part of Operation Immortality by voting on mankind's greatest achievements, as well as uploading your personal mottos and Tabula Rasa characters. You might even win a chance to have your DNA digitized and saved to the Immortality Drive.

With Operation Immortality, the genome of humanity is safe from extinction, no matter what happens to us here on earth!"

It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

First Rocket Racing Demonstration Flights

The Rocket Racing League has been in development for several years and earlier this year announced that the first exhbitions would take place in 2008 and the first races in 2009. XCOR Aerospace has been testing its X-Racer in Mojave and in late July they made the first public demonstration flights at the Oshkosh Air Show in Wisconsin. Armadillo Aerospace is developing a second rocket racer design (photos) and it will fly later this year.

DKNY Bridenstine Rocket Racer
The DKNY Bridenstine Rocket Racer ©
in flight on July 29, 2008 at EAA in Oshkosh, WI.
Courtesy of Rocket Racing League.
DKNY Bridenstine Rocket Racer in flight
The DKNY Bridenstine Rocket Racer ©
in flight on July 29, 2008 at EAA in Oshkosh, WI.
Courtesy of Rocket Racing League.

Check for Rocket Racing announcements on the Space Transport News blog.

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