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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 2012
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Special Features
NewSpace Log 2011
The NewSpace Log 2012
This section holds links to blog posts, articles, pictures, etc. about events and developments this year in NewSpace. See also NewSpace Log 2011.
NewSpace 2011 Conference
NewSpace 2011 Conference Review
A report on the annual Space Frontier Foundation's conference held 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

Thor's Helmet NGC 2359 - Marie Green
Thor's Helmet Nebula NGC 2359

The Bubble NGC 7635  - Marie Green
The Bubble NGC 7635

Milky Way - Mayan 2012  - Marie Green
Milky Way - Mayan 2012
Hot Young Stars N 90- Marie Green
Hot Young Stars - N90
Orion Nebula - Marie Green
Orion Nebula M42

Marie Green
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 first on recent rocket flight tests by Masten Space Systems and Armadillo Aerospace. Then she discusses a recent study of quakes on Mars followed by a look at leaning up space debris with a Swiss smallsat and an electrodynamic tether and then a Missouri high school program that involves students in elaborate simulations of space mission. The program ends with Amanda and spaceweather-man James C. Birk discussing aurora and how beautiful it is when viewed from space.


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
Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight
Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence from your PC

Jill Tartar of the SETI Institute has used the resources of her TED Prize and a partnership with Zooniverse to create SETILive - a citizen science project that invites members of the public to assist in analyzing radio telescope data for signs of extraterrestrial signals. This is done visually rather than with computer software as in the SETI@home participation project.

Dr Tarter was interviewed on NPR about SETILive: 'SETI' Site Up Again And Searching For Intelligent Life - NPR - Feb.28.12.

And the project is described here: SETI Institute Teams with Zooniverse to Launch to Empower Citizen Scientists to Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence - SETI Institute.

The SETILive home page provides a display of statistics that include the number of people currently participating, the number of classifications and the classification rate:

SETILive screen capture

A couple of articles:

Support the work of the non-profit SETI Institute at

It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

Masten Space Rockets Fly in Mojave

Masten Space Systems of Mojave, California aims to provide routine and frequent access to space with vertical takeoff and lainding rocket vehicles. NASA Flight Opportunities office, for example, has given Masten a contract to fly research payloads. The firm is following an incremental development and test program in which their vehicles demonstrate greater and greater capabilities and reach higher and higher altitudes. On February 17th, a free flight of Flight Opportunities - Xaero, their newest vehilce, flew to 61 meters and came back down for a safe landing.


On February 2nd, Draper Labs flew Masten's older Xombie vehicle, which was modified to use their own autonomous guidance, navigation and control system:


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

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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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