Here are some web sites we think you should keep an eye on for one reason or another. More links will be added as we go along. When you visit, be sure to tell them Jim Banke sent you.
News About Space
You won't find a more comprehensive and up-to-date collection of links to current space news around the Web than this site produced by Jeff Foust, who does a particularly great job finding those space-related features and columns from non-traditional sources of space news. It really is one-stop shopping.
If it's launching into space, has launched, is about to launch or has anything to do with launching a rocket into orbit, you will find the story covered here. As noted on our Launch Forecast page, Spaceflight Now also has the world's best and most complete schedule of upcoming space shots from around the world.
A web site both for the true space cadet and those with a general interest in space. Managed by Robert Pearlman, you'll find information about space history, space collectibles and some of the cool space-related things going on in popular culture that is virtually ignored by others. Robert is a great guy and one of the few people who can out-trivia me in space trivia.
Produced by Marcia Smith, one of the best and most level-headed space policy analysts ever to grace our nation's capital, SpacePolicyOnline.com gives you the space news with a slant toward understanding why things happen, not just what's happening. Always straight forward and no nonsense.
Space Online may be long gone, but the legacy of outstanding local space reporting on Florida's Space Coast continues at my former employer, as does the award-winning work by their team of space reporters that stars my colleague and friend, Todd Halvorson.
It's come a long way since Lou Dobbs started the website back in 1999 and I worked there as a senior producer from 2000-2004, but it's still a must-visit-daily web site for space news and, under its new owners, so much more about science and technology.
Another web site worth visiting is this one produced by Keith Cowing, a former NASA employee. His take on NASA is unique, to say the least. Even more interesting are the comments posted by readers about the stories he publishes. We'll let you form your own opinions.
Coalition for Space Exploration
This coalition of major aerospace companies works to inform and inspire the public about the value of our space program and often includes some interesting features about the space program. You definitely want to stop by here for a reminder of why you got interested in the space program in the first place.
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Air Force Space & Missile Museum Foundation
The official website for the foundation that helps the 45th Space Wing operate the U.S. Air Force Space & Missile Museum at Cape Canaveral. Go here to learn how you can tour the Cape and visit the History Center for free.
National Space Club Florida Committee
The premiere space organization in the state of Florida provides information on space activities through monthly luncheons, promotes space leadership and advancement of space applications, sponsors educational activities and recognizes contributions to advancements in aerospace science, operations, research, and education.
As their mission states: to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity. When I left journalism it was to work here for a couple of years, and the work they are doing is still making a difference.
National Space Society
If you have to pick one pro-space organization to join as a member, this is the one to join. I'm proud to be a card-carrying member and have been associated with the organization since it was still two separate groups, the L5 Society and the National Space Institute.
The Space Coast's number one radio station and home to the number one radio station staff, as well as my weekly radio program, Space Talk.
Klyde Morris: Aviation & Space Cartoons
Aviation's Only Ant, Klyde Morris, created by friend and fellow Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University alumni Wes Oleszewski, is a cartoon strip about the flying adventures of an Ant named Klyde Morris.
Our good friends, Susan and Doug Kohl, have their own PR firm serving Northern California. Long time Space Coast residents may remember Susan covering the space program for CBS in Orlando, and Doug for doing whatever it was he did in the Orbiter Processing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center getting space shuttles ready for launch!
Links Related to Model Rocketry
The hobby of model rocketry was a passion of mine growing up in Minnesota, fueling my dreams of being a part of the space program. The hobby is alive and well today, and as safe as ever when you follow the instructions. Here are some links to help you get started, or to sustain your interest.
Dr. Zooch Rockets
Unique "ant" scale versions of some of the most important rockets in space history.
Tim Van Milligan's Apogee Components
Excellent education-oriented rocket kits and supplies, sport models, and competition kits. Their motto is: "The first step into space is an Apogee model rocket." Their RockSim aerodynamic modeling software lets you design your rockets and simulate how they will fly on any rocket motor. RockSim is a "Certified Space Educational Product," so it is great for schools too.
National Association of Rocketry
NAR was founded in 1957, and is the oldest and largest sport rocketry association in the world, with over 4500 members and 120 affiliated clubs across the U.S.. The National Association of Rocketry is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit educational organization for consumers that advances the hobby of sport rocketry through organized events, local clubs, technical certification, research and development, and government and corporate partnerships to ensure that rocketry continues to be safe, educational, and fun.
Spaceport Rocketry Association
In existence for more than 30 years, SRA is the Space Coast's rocket club for both model and high-power rocketry enthusiasts. Monthly launches every third Saturday of the month in Palm Bay.
Team America Rocket Challenge
The Team America Rocketry Challenge is the world's largest rocket contest, sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association and the National Association of Rocketry. It was created in the fall of 2002 as a one-time celebration of the Centennial of Flight, but the enthusiasm about the event was so great that the contest is now held annually.
Aerospace Specialty Products
Florida's premier rocketry supplier. ASP specializes in Scale, Educational, and Competition rocket kits, as well as the supplies that go with them.
The space program has Space Today as the best collection of space stories every day. The world of Star Trek has Trek Today. If you're a fan, this is the first stop for you every day. News about the next movie, the old TV shows, the newest collectibles, conventions, comic books and so much more is available here, including a series of retro revies of the ealier series, now featuring Deep Space Nine.
National Football League
All that is about the National Football League. Daily visits during the season, at least weekly in the meantime.
Go big purple! The best online source news about the Minnesota Vikings. Stop by. Subscribe. Enjoy. If you're even remotely interested in the Vikings, and why wouldn't you be, this website is for you.