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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.
July 2009
Recent Blog Postings
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Recent Features
Falcon 1 launch
NewSpace 2009
Compilation of blog postings, articles, photos and videos for this conference that took place at NASA Ames in July 2009.
Falcon 1 launch
Space Tourism: A new Industry in the Making
Notes from the one day symposium in London on June 30th, 2009, sponsored by the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Space Access ' 09
Space Access 2009
Compilation of blog postings, articles, photos and videos concerning this event in April 2009.
Bigelow Genesis II
Commercial Stairway to Space - Timeline 2009
A discussion of how commercial efforts might dominate human spaceflight by the latter half of the next decade.

More Interviews, Articles, and Special Topics.
Space Art Spotlight
Starry Rift  by Stephan Martiniere
Starry Rift

Earth Ascendent by Stephan Martiniere
Earth Ascendent

Cosmonaut Keep  by Stephan Martiniere
Cosmonaut Keep

Heavy Planet by Stephan Martiniere
Heavy Planet

Stephan Martiniere

More space art...
Space Music Video of the Month
Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight
Big Discoveries by Amateur Astronomers

I've often pointed out here that astronomy remains an area where amateurs continue to make major contributions. See the Astronomy Section for advanced astronomy projects in which amateurs can participate.

Here are a couple of examples of major discoveries by amateur astronomers:


Jupiter impact discovery

Image taken by Anthony Wesley on July 19th of Jupiter shows
a new dark spot near top, probably caused by impact of comet.

Jupiter impact - Hubble Telescoope
Image take by Hubble Telescope on July 23 (Inverted from Wesley's image).


Discovery of Soap Bubble Nebula:


It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

SpaceX Falcon I Launches RazakSAT

On July 13, 2009, SpaceX became the first company to launch a satellite into orbit on a privately financed liquided fueled rocket. The Falcon I vehicle rose from the Pacific island of Omelek in the U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll and put the Malaysian earth observation satellite RazakSAT into precisely the intended orbit. See the press release.

This accomplishment is a major milestone for the NewSpace industry, which seeks to bring the cost of space access way down. The ultimate goal is to reduce space transportation costs to a level that allows lots of people to go to space and eventually allows for the building of permanent settlements there. See this SpaceX FAQ for a discussion of how the company is achieving lower cost spaceflight.

Below is a video that begins just before the launch and continues through liftoff and then into views from cameras attached to the rocket during the flight. It ends after the second stage engine cuts off. The second stage continued on for about an hour in a parking orbit before the engine restarted to boost itself into the final orbit where it released the satellite.

Other videos:

Check out also this big set of photos from the launch.

Check for the latest in leading edge rocket and space travel projects on the Space Transport News blog.

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