How To Make A Spaceship: A Band Of Renegades, An Epic Race, And The Birth Of Private Space Flight
- Astronomy, Technology
A new space race
From the age of eight, Peter Diamandis's goal was to get to space. When NASA began winding down manned space flight, Diamandis had a brainstorm: If the government wouldn't send him to space, he would create a private space flight industry himself. And he would turn the venture into a $10 million incentive competition called the XPRIZE-a new kind of space race.
Here is the story of the bullet-shaped SpaceShipOne, the first privately built craft to achieve supersonic flight, its two 2004 space flights, and the 26 other teams in the hunt. Driven by a cast of outsized characters, from business magnate Richard Branson to aerospace engineer Burt Rutan to test pilot Mike Melvill, it is an awe-inspiring account of realizing the impossible.
About the Author
Julian Guthrie is an award-winning journalist who spent 20 years at the San Francisco Chronicle and whose work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and other publications. Her books include The Billionaire and the Mechanic.
Additional Book Details
|Release Date:||September 20, 2016|