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Rocketeers How a Visionary Band of Business Leaders, Engineers, and Pilots Is Boldly Privatizing Space

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ISBN-10: 0061149020

ISBN-13: 9780061149023

Edition: 2007

Authors: Michael Belfiore, Michael Belfiore

List price: $26.95
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In the more than forty years since the first human left the atmosphere of Earth, no one had ever done so without the help of a government agency. That changed on June 21, 2004, when SpaceShipOne, built by aircraft designer Burt Rutan, entered space and ushered in the commercial space age. Investment capital began to pour into the new commercial spaceflight industry. Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic will begin ferrying space tourists out of the atmosphere in 2009. Las Vegas hotelier Robert Bigelow is spending $500 million of his personal fortune to develop the world's first commercial space station (i.e., space hotel). Former PayPal CEO Elon Musk is developing orbital spacecraft to…    
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 7/31/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Prologue: Full Circle
Space or Bust
The Homebuilt Spaceship
SpaceShipOne, Government Zero
NASA Hitches a Ride
The 200-g Roller Coaster
Orbit on a Shoestring
Budget Suites of Outer Space
The Sky's No Limit
Epilogue: Where Are They Now?