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September 2013
Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight

Democratizing space – the cost to put experiments into space is dropping

Opportunities for students to put experiments into space, both suborbital and orbital, are growing as costs for spaceflight fall: Got $5,000? Do A Science Experiment In Space: Space is becoming democratized. No matter how silly or smart your science is […] Read the rest of this entry…

Objective Europa update

The OBJECTIVE EUROPA project is using a crowd-sourcing approach to the design of a crewed mission to the Jovian moon Europa [...] Read the rest of this entry...

NASA reaches out to Makers for help
with Asteroid Grand Challenge

NASA;s Chief Technologist Mason Peck to attend Maker Faire to ask help of Makers "for ideas on how to find, track and deflect asteroids" as part of the agency's Asteroid Initiative and Grand Challenge […] Read the rest of this entry…

The Dream Rocket Project -
Wrapping a Saturn V with artwork

An update on the The Dream Rocket Project and their plan to wrap the Saturn V rocket at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama with artwork panels created by people (mostly children) from around the world for an exhibition in 2015 [...] Read the rest of this entry…

Amateur and student radio astronomy
conferences for 2014

The Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers (SARA) will hold their 2014 conference in tandem with the conference for Radio Jove (Solar and Planetary Astronomy for Schools) at Green Bank, West Virginia [...] Read the rest of this entry…

Space Art Spotlight

Spaceship illustration  by Jack Coggins
Illustration for the book
"By Spaceship to the Moon"
, p.5

Spaceship at night - illustration  by Jack Coggins
An illustration of a spaceship at night

Cover of the book By Space Ship to the Moon - illstrations by Jack Coggins
Cover of the book
By Space Ship to the Moon

Cover of galaxy Science Fiction May 1952  by Jack Coggins
Cover of Galaxy Science Fiction
May 1952

Jack Coggins
More space art...
Space News from Virtual Amanda Bush

Here is the September 2013 episode of The Virtual SpaceTV 3D show with Amanda Bush. Amanda reports on four different launches this month of new or nearly new commercial rockets. These include the Orbital Sciences Antares launch of the Cygnus cargo module to the ISS, Orbital's Minotaur V launch of NASA's LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer) probe to the Moon, the second powered flight of the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo (see more about this below), and the expected launch of the SpaceX Falcon version 1.1 from Vandenberg. The report also includes a segment about the LADEE mission.


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

The Virtual SpaceTV 3D shows are created by BINARY SPACE ( with story content from These videos are intended as demonstrations of an experimental technique for generating animated presentations. The show was generated autonomously by software according to a text script. The project is described in the Virtual Producer whitepaper (pdf). For further information contact

Here are the previous two shows in the Virtual SpaceTV 3D series:

Virtual SpaceTV 3D - August 2013
Virtual SpaceTV 3D - July 2013
Space Music Video of the Month


Silent Running
The band 65daysofstatic created this new soundtrack
to the movie Silent Running for a film festival in 2011.

It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Rockets Above Mojave Again

Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites have been developing the SpaceShipTwo (SS2) suborbital rocket vehicle and the WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) carrier aircraft for several years. At a price of $200,000 (recently raised to $250,000) nearly 700 people have reserved seats on the 6 passenger/2 pilot vehicle for rides to above the 100 kilometer edge of space.

Last April above Mojave, California, the SS2 finally fired its hybrid rocket motor after release from the WK2 at 14 kilometers altitude. The rocket burned for 16 seconds and the vehicle soon exceeded the speed of sound and rose to about 17 km. After the engine shut down the vehicle gilded safely back to earth.

It was widely expected that this flight would soon be followed by a series of test flights, at least one per month, in which the rocket motor will burn for longer and longer periods until the vehicle reaches 100 km. However, there were no more powered SS2 flights until September 5th. The videos below show that flight in which the rocket motor burned for 20 seconds and the vehicle reached Mach 1.43 and 21 km in altitude.


After the burn was completed the crew activated the "feathering" mechanism in which the wings bend upwards and the vehicle falls in a V orientation. This allows the vehicle to act like a badminton shuttlecock and maintain a safe orientation during its return into the dense atmosphere on its space flights.


We can hope the SS2 is now ready to begin regular test flights and will reach space by late this year or early next year. The company managers have said they hope to begin commercial operations in 2014.


Check for the latest in leading edge rocket and space travel projects on the
Space Transport News Blog
Satellite Tracking at HobbySpace
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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August 13 - October 13

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