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How to Make a Spaceship
Author: Julian Guthrie

ISBN: 9780593078297
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 3 October 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 3.2
Description:
Alone in a spartan black cockpit, test pilot Mike Melvill rocketed towards 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.

From the age of eight, when he watched Apollo 11 land on the Moon, Diamandis' singular goal was to get to space. When he realized NASA was winding down manned space flight, he 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 1990's, this idea was the stuff of science fiction. Undaunted, Diamandis' found inspiration in 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...

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