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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.
December 2009
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NG Lunar Lander Challenge 2009
SpaceShipTwo Rollout
Links to articles, blog postings, photos and videos about the unveiling of the SpaceShipTwo vehicle on Dec. 7, 2009 at the Mojave Spaceport by Virgin Galactic.
NG Lunar Lander Challenge 2009
NGLLC 2009 Resources
Links to blog reports, articles, videos, photos, etc. for each round of flights by the teams in the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge competition.
Skylon takeoff
Interview: Mark Hempsell
Mark Hempsell of Reaction Engines Ltd is interviewed by Andy Janes for HobbySpace about Skylon, Sabre, & more.
David Ashford
Interview: David Ashford
The founder of Bristol Spaceplanes is interviewed by Andy Janes for HobbySpace about rocketplanes.

More Interviews, Articles, and Special Topics.

Space Art Spotlight

Weather Station Noctlab 4 by James Hervat (2007)
Weather Station Noctlab 04

Donati's Comet over Florence by James Hervat (2007)
Donati's Comet over Florence

Return to Phobos by James Hervat (2008)
Return to Phobos

Collison Course by James Hervat (1987)
Collision Course

Night Watch by James Hervat (2009)
Night Watch
The Great Comet of 1843 by James Hervat (1996)
The Great Comet of 1843

James Hervat
More space art...
Space Music Video of the Month
Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight
Space Shopping for Christmas

The Space Shopping section offers links to many places to shop for a wide variety of space and astronomy related gifts for this Christmas season. Please also shop at the advertisers who support Below are samples of what they offer: offers not only toys but space related models, clothes, and more
Spaceshots - image, posters, prints offers a wide selection
of Space and Earth images, posters, and prints

Rocket Science by Dave Ketchledge
Students, space modelers, rocketry hobbyists,
rocket and space enthusiasts of all kinds
will benefit from the enormous resources
available in his Rocket Science CD book from
Dave Ketchledge


RocketShip Tours flight on XCOR Lynx
RocketShip Tours flight on XCOR Lynx
Reserve your ticket to the edge of space today!

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It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

The SpaceShipTwo Debut - December 7, 2009

At the Mojave Air & Spaceport on December 7th, 2009, Virgin Galactic's first SpaceShipTwo rolled out from the Scaled Composites facility where it was designed and built. The vehicle was christened Enterprise and a big party ensued, though shortened by severe winter cold and high winds.

The SS2 rocketplane will carry six passengers and two pilots to over 110 kilometers and do it routinely with multiple flights per week. A flight begins with the WhiteKnightTwo aircraft carrying an SS2 to about 50,000 feet and releaseing it. The SS2 fires its hybrid rocket engine and takes off nearly straight up. The engine stops firing after about 3 minutes and the SS2 coasts on a ballistic trajectory up to the maximum altitude, providing about 5 minutes of weightlessness and a spectacular view of the earth and the stars. A unique feature of the SS2 is the way the wing rises up such that on reentry into the atmosphere the vehicle has a V-shape that leads to a natural tendency (similar to a Badmitten shuttlecock) to stay in the right orientation without pilot control. Once the vehicle has entered the atmosphere and slowed down sufficiently, the wing returns to its normal position and the pilots control the glide back to the spaceport runway See the Virgin Galactic website for more information about these vehicles and about the project's emphasis on safety.

The SS2 will be tested for up to two years at Mojave and then commercial flights will begin at Spaceport America, which is currently under construction in New Mexico. A production line to produce multiple SS2s and WK2s has been created by Scaled. The goal is to fly many thousands of people to space at spaceports around the world over the next decade.

Find lots of links to articles, blog postings, photos and videos about the unveiling of SpaceShipTwo in the SpaceShipTwo Rollout resources page. See also the Space Tourism section, which has lots of information about personal spaceflight in general.

Virgin Galactic SpaceShip VSS Enterprise RollOut

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

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November 09 - January 10

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