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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.
April 2012
Space for All Blog Space Transport News Blog
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
Space Access 12 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..
Space Access 2011
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.

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

Pleiades Constellation by Alizey Khan
Pleiades Constellation

Moonmed by Alizey Khan

Black Widow Pulsar by Alizey Khan
Black Widow Pulsar
Wizard Nebula by Alizey Khan
Wizard Nebula
Hidden Treasures by Alizey Khan
Hidden Treasures

Alizey Khan
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 starts with an update on the planned launch of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station. She also reports on the final flights of Shuttles Discovery and Enterprise. Amanda then spotlights the firm Planetary Resources, which recently laid out its plan for mining asteroids. Amanda reports on NASA's call for amateurs to help in finding near earth asteroids and on a project in which citizen scientists map craters on the Moon. The program ends with spaceweatherman James C. Birk discussing the unexpectedly mild peak in the current phase of the solar cycle.


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 (Note that the virtual voices have taken another step forward towards a more natural sound.)

Space Music Video of the Month
Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight
Citizen Scientists to Study Lunar Craters

A new citizen scientist program called CosmoQuest has opened. Their first project for public participation is Moon Mappers in which the task is to identify craters and other surface features in Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter images. This video describes the Moon Mappers program:


More at Now Live: Moon Mappers! Contribute to Lunar Science -

It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

Planetary Resourses Plans to Mine Asteroids

A new company named Planetary Resources made its debut in April. The company is backed by Charles Simonyi, James Cameron, and several other famous moguls. Many asteroids contain precious metals such as platinum. Others contain water and organic materials that will extremelyh useful for in-space development and settlement. The firm plans to work incrementally, starting with low cost spacecraft in earth orbit that will use telescopes to search for asteroids that orbit near earth. They will send probes to investigte the most promising objects. The third stage will attempt extraction technques. Here is a video outlining their project:


More videos can be found on the Planetary Resources YouTube Channel.

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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deep space probes.

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March 12 - May 12

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