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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 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

Living off the Land in Space book Ch. 3 Illustration - C. Bangs
Illustration for the book
"Living off the Land in Space

Living off the Land in Space book Ch. 15 Illustration - C. Bangs
Illustration for the book
"Living off the Land in Space

Saturn after Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam & spacecraft - C. Bangs
Saturn after Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam & spacecraft
Tether and Rocket Orbit the Earth - C. Bangs
Tether & Rocket Orbit the Earth
We are Star-Stuff - C. Bangs
We are Star-Stuff

C Bangs
More space art...
Space News from Virtual Amanda Bush

Here is the latest Virtual SpaceTV 3D show, which was created by BINARY SPACE with story content from HobbySpace. Virtual presenter Amanda Bush reports on the orbiting of the Moon by the two GRAIL spacecraft, soon to begin their mapping of the Moon's gravity. She then talks about the growing enthusiasm for high altitude research with commercial reusable suborbital rocket vehicles. And she shows great views of Comet Lovejoy. Finally, new spaceweather-man James C. Birk gives a forecast of near earth objects passing the earth in the coming years.


Previous Virtual SpaceTV 3D shows are available on the HobbySpace Youtube Channel.

These videos are intended as demonstrations 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 Music Video of the Month


Portion of a new soundtrack byAeronautica and Ilya Lagutenko
for the 1935 Soviet silent movie Kosmichesky Reis or “Cosmic Voyage”.
(See Space-for-All entry)
Previous space music in spotlight

Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight
Comet Hunting

Amateur astronomers are often the first to spot a new comet. In November, Australian amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy discovered a comet that has become quite a star, so to speak, of the night sky: Amateur astronomer discovers sungrazing comet - Bad Astronomy/Discover Magazine - Dec.4.11.

Comet Lovejoy was expected to disappear into the sun but as this video shows, it skimmed through the solar flames, losing only its tail before gaining another:


The comet is currently visible from the southern hemisphere and also to the crew on the International Space Station: A celestial visitor, seen from space - Bad Astronomy/Discover Magazine -

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Find more information and videos of Lovejoy at Guest Post: Jason Davis: A recap of Comet Lovejoy - The Planetary Society Blog.

It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

Stratolaunch to Build Giant Aircraft to Launch Rocket

On December 13th, billionaire Paul Allen announced that he would fund development of an air launch rocket system designed by Burt Rutan. The Stratolaunch system will involve building the largest aircraft in history to carry a multi-stage rocket built by SpaceX. The rocket will put 13,500 lbs (6120 kg) into low earth orbit. Initially it will fly satellites to orbit and later human passengers.

The carrier aircraft will fly in 2015 and the first rocket flight is scheduled for 2016.

This video animation shows how the Stratolaunch system will put a payload into orbit. :



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 5 or higher, as well as the latest version of your browser. Currently the program works on the Microsoft® Windows® platform only.) 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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November 11 - January 12

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