How To Make A Spaceship: A Band Of Renegades, An Epic Race, And The Birth Of Private Spaceflight

byJulian GuthriePreface byRichard BransonAfterword bySTEPHEN HAWKING

September 5, 2017|
How To Make A Spaceship: A Band Of Renegades, An Epic Race, And The Birth Of Private Spaceflight by Julian Guthrie
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A New York Times bestseller! 

The historic race that reawakened the promise of manned spaceflight

Winner of the 2016 Eugene E. Emme Award for Astronautical Literature

A Finalist for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award

Alone in a Spartan black cockpit, test pilot Mike Melvill rocketed toward space. He had eighty seconds to exceed the speed of sound and begin the climb to a target no civilian pilot had ever reached. He might not make it back alive. If he did, he would make history as the world’s first commercial astronaut.

The spectacle defied reason, the result of a competition dreamed up by entrepreneur Peter Diamandis, whose vision for a new race to space required small teams to do what only the world’s largest governments had done before.

Peter Diamandis was the son of hardworking immigrants who wanted their science prodigy to make the family proud and become a doctor. But from the age of eight, when he watched Apollo 11 land on the Moon, his singular goal was to get to space. When he realized NASA was winding down manned space flight, Diamandis set out on one of the great entrepreneurial adventure stories of our time. If the government wouldn’t send him to space, he would create a private space flight industry himself.
 
In the 1990s, this idea was the stuff of science fiction. Undaunted, Diamandis found inspiration in an unlikely place: the golden age of aviation. He discovered that Charles Lindbergh made his transatlantic flight to win a $25,000 prize. The flight made Lindbergh the most famous man on earth and galvanized the airline industry. Why, Diamandis thought, couldn’t the same be done for space flight?
 
The story of the bullet-shaped SpaceShipOne, and the other teams in the hunt, is an extraordinary tale of making the impossible possible. It is driven by outsized characters—Burt Rutan, Richard Branson, John Carmack, Paul Allen—and obsessive pursuits. In the end, as Diamandis dreamed, the result wasn’t just a victory for one team; it was the foundation for a new industry and a new age.
Julian Guthrie is an award-winning journalist who spent twenty years at the San Francisco Chronicle and has been published by The Wall Street Journal, Time, The Huffington Post, and others. She is the author of The Billionaire and the Mechanic, a bestselling account of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison’s pursuit o...
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Title:How To Make A Spaceship: A Band Of Renegades, An Epic Race, And The Birth Of Private Spaceflight
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:464 pages, 8.4 X 5.5 X 0.97 in
Shipping dimensions:464 pages, 8.4 X 5.5 X 0.97 in
Published:September 5, 2017
Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781101980491

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