How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight

Author: Julian Guthrie

Editor’s note: 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. Read more

 

Well Written and Researched Book for One of Aviation’s Most Historic Events that Has Inspired Current Space Entrepreneurs.

Recommended by Daniel Kreigh

Structural Engineer, SpaceshipOne

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