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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.
February 2010
Recent Blog Postings
HobbySpace Log:
RLV & Space Transport News:
Recent Features
Falcon I launch of RazakSAT
NewSpace 2009 Review
A summary of developments in NewSpace during 2010. Includes links to articles, blog postings, photos, videos, etc.
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.

More Interviews, Articles, and Special Topics.

Space Art Spotlight

Jupiter from IO - Gavin Mundy
Jupiter from IO

Europa Landing- Gavin Mundy
Europa Landing

Space Panorama - Gavin Mundy
Space Panorama

Apollo Landing - Gavin Mundy
Apollo Landing

Phobos Explorers - Gavin Mundy
Phobos Explorers

Gavin Mundy
More space art...
Space Music Video of the Month
Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight
Space Weather Exploration at Home

Observing the endless variations in our sun via a multiple of solar observation satellites and telescopes has become a popular activity for many people. Our dynamic star goes through periodic changes such as in the number of sunspots, it burps gigantic solar flares, and it emits the solar wind, which washes upon our magnetosphere to produce magnificent aurora at the north and south poles. The enormously complex interaction of the solar wind with earth is now commonly referred to as Space Weather.

There are many on line sites where one can find space weather imagery and data. The Living Space section here offers links to many of these. For example, NASA's site is a great place to get all sorts of solar and astronomy news and observation info. There is even the 3D Sun space weather viewer for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center now offers a powerful web based program called the iNtegrated Space Weather Analysis System (iSWA) that displays a wide range of space weather related images and data. The following screen capture image shows some of the types of images and data that can be displayed with the iSWA. To open the program in your browser go here.

iNtegrated Space Weather  Analysis System (iSWA)

The HobbySpace Space Weather viewer also displays various data and images from multiple on line sources:

Space Weather Viewer
Space Weather
Sun, solar wind, aurora images
and the latest data

It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

Science Research & Education with Fully Reusable Suborbital Space Vehicles

As reported here many times, soon we will see manned and unmanned rocket-powered vehicles flying routinely to altitudes in the 100 kilometer range. These suborbital space vehicles are fully reusable and can be quickly serviced and re-flown in a manner similar to jet powered aircraft. Space tourism has been the most publicized application for such vehicles but they will have many other applications, especially for scientific research and education.

Researchers will take advantage of the vehicles' low cost and frequent access to space. They will use suborbital space transportation for experiments and observations for atmospheric sciences, astronomy, planetary science, solar studies, aurora, microgravity, life sciences, and more.

Usually, it takes years to arrange and carry out experiments on space flights. With these new vehicles, students will be able to fly experiments within the period of their coursework.

See the following links for additional information about the first major conference dedicated to the utilization of suborbital space transportation for research.

Alan Stern, Principle Investigator for the New Horizons mission to Pluto and former head of
NASA's science directorate, and researcher Dan Durda in this video promote the potential of
suborbital space transports for scientific research, education and public participation.


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

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