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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 2011
Space for All Blog Space Transport News Blog
Special Features
NewSpace Log 2011
The NewSpace Log 2011
This section holds links to blog posts, articles, pictures, etc. about events and developments this year in NewSpace. See also NewSpace Log 2010.
NewSpace 2011 Conference
NewSpace 2011 Conference Review
A report on the annual Space Frontier Foundation's conference, held this year at NASA Ames in Mountain View, California. Topics of discussion ranged from entrepreneurial space businesses to lunar miing to fully reusable suborbital space vehicles.
Space Access 2011
Space Access 11 Conference Review
A report on the annual Space Access Society's annual conference in Phoenix, Arizona. The focus, as always, was on efforts by entrepreneurial companies to achieve dramatically lower costs for getting to space..

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

Transcendent Man by Nicholas Forker
Transcendent Man

high school basketball team photo op by Nicholas Forker
high school basketball team photo op

waiting for his pitch by Nicholas Forker
waiting for his pitch
action man 2 by Nicholas Forker
action man 2

Nicholas Forker
More space art...
Space Music Video of the Month
Space News from Virtual Amanda Bush

The following Virtual SpaceTV 3D show was created by BINARY SPACE with content from HobbySpace. The virtual presenter Amanda Bush reports on three recent news stories about water on Mars, the launch of the Juno science mission to Jupiter, and the Atlas V rocket.


This video is intended as a demonstration of an experimental technique for generating animated presentations. The show was generated autonomously by software and without human interaction. The project is described in the Virtual Producer whitepaper (pdf). For further information contact

Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight
Space Modeling

Space modeling involves building scale versions of rocket and spacecraft and collecting pre-built replicas. You can build space models from plastic kits, card paper plans, LEGO blocks, or from your own imagination with scratch parts.

Burt Rutan's son Jeff and grandson Cole Zellner, for example, have built LEGO models of all of Burt's flying vehicles, including SpaceShipOne and SpaceShipTwo: Rutan Aircraft Expressed in LEGO Form: Jeff Rutan creates building plans - EAA News - June.16.11. This video shows their Lego SpaceShipTwo coming together in a rapid fashion:


Plans for their models will eventually be sold on the site Aerospace Bricker.

Collecting high quality replicas of famous rockets and spacecraft like the Apollo Lunar Lander is also a popular hobby. This video shows how space replica building became full time jobs at Bigelow Aerospace for some lucky space modelers:


It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

The Commercial Spaceflight Era

With the end of the Space Shuttle program, NASA needs modern, cost-effective means of getting to low earth orbit. The plan currently is for the agency to work with commercial spaceflight companies that can provide multiple launch systems for getting crews and cargo to the International Space Station. They can also take crews to low earth orbit for staging for missions beyond earth orbit such as going to the Moon, asteroids or Mars.

See this BBC article for descriptions of the launch systems from the companies currently co-sharing development costs with NASA. These companies include Blue Origin, Boeing, ULA, SNC, and SpaceX.

This promotional video comes from the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and describes the coming generation of commercial space transportation systems:

Commercial Spaceflight: The Great Adventure of the 21st Century

Check for the latest in leading edge rocket and space travel projects on the
Space Transport News Blog
Satellite Tracking at HobbySpace

Tutorial videos
Satellite tracks
Satellite track display

3-D viewing option
Run the Satellite Tracking Tool from BINARY SPACE right here at HobbySpace in your browser. The program allows you to track a large set of satellites in both low earth and geostationary orbits. (Note: the program requires Microsoft Silverlight, version 4 or higher). The Satellite Observing section provides additional information and web resources about the hobby of satellite tracking and watching.
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Images and data from
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June 11 - August 11

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