Realizing Tomorrow: The Path to Private Spaceflight

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Nearly forty years passed between the Apollo moon landings, the grandest accomplishment of a government-run space program, and the Ansari X PRIZE-winning flights of SpaceShipOne, the greatest achievement of a private space program.  Now, as we hover on the threshold of commercial spaceflight, authors Chris Dubbs and Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom look back at how we got to this point.

 

Their book traces the lives of the individuals who shared the dream that private ...

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Overview

Nearly forty years passed between the Apollo moon landings, the grandest accomplishment of a government-run space program, and the Ansari X PRIZE-winning flights of SpaceShipOne, the greatest achievement of a private space program.  Now, as we hover on the threshold of commercial spaceflight, authors Chris Dubbs and Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom look back at how we got to this point.

 

Their book traces the lives of the individuals who shared the dream that private individuals and private enterprise belong in space. Realizing Tomorrow provides a behind-the-scenes look at the visionaries, the crackpots, the financial schemes, the legal wrangling, the turf battles, and—underpinning the entire drama—the overwhelming desire of ordinary people to visit outer space.

 

A compelling story of the pioneers of commercial spaceflight—both American and Soviet/Russian—and their efforts to open the final frontier to everyone, this book traces the path to private spaceflight even as it offers an instructive, entertaining, and cautionary note about its future.

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Editorial Reviews

Coalition for Space Exploration

"Tighten your seat belt for a wonderful ride of a read that tells the incredible tale of the dedicated people who helped push the throttle forward to make private space travel reality."—Leonard David, Coalition for Space Exploration

— Leonard David

Booklist

"With the conclusion of the space shuttle program impending, the topic of private spaceflight has never been timelier. . . . This far-reaching, well-illustrated history oriented toward the future of spaceflight should catch many an eye."—Colleen Mondor, Booklist

— Colleen Mondor

Coalition for Space Exploration - Leonard David

“Tighten your seat belt for a wonderful ride of a read that tells the incredible tale of the dedicated people who helped push the throttle forward to make private space travel reality. Dubbs and Paat-Dahlstrom take a masterful and history-rich look at the true roots of space tourism, providing a needed course-correction for those who think off-Earth passenger travel is more giggle-factor than fact.”—Leonard David, Space Insider columnist, SPACE.com
Robert Pearlman

“Many books have been written about the history of spaceflight, documenting the efforts to enter space ‘for all mankind.’ Realizing Tomorrow offers the first comprehensive history of what will be the future of spaceflight—‘by all mankind.’”—Robert Pearlman, editor and founder of collectSPACE.com
Douglas Messier

“Brimming with fascinating details—and never-before-told stories—Realizing Tomorrow is a riveting account of the growth of commercial space. It is required reading for anyone who wants to know how a group of visionaries overcame great obstacles to pioneer the final frontier for profit.”—Douglas Messier, editor in chief of Parabolicarc.com
Jeff Foust

Realizing Tomorrow is the compelling story of the pioneers of commercial spaceflight and their efforts to open up the final frontier to everyone.”—Jeff Foust, editor and publisher of the Space Review
Booklist - Colleen Mondor

"With the conclusion of the space shuttle program impending, the topic of private spaceflight has never been timelier. . . . This far-reaching, well-illustrated history oriented toward the future of spaceflight should catch many an eye."—Colleen Mondor, Booklist
Robert Pearlman

“Many books have been written about the history of spaceflight, documenting the efforts to enter space ‘for all mankind.’ Realizing Tomorrow offers the first comprehensive history of what will be the future of spaceflight—‘by all mankind.’”—Robert Pearlman, editor and founder of collectSPACE.com

Leonard David

“Tighten your seat belt for a wonderful ride of a read that tells the incredible tale of the dedicated people who helped push the throttle forward to make private space travel reality. Dubbs and Paat-Dahlstrom take a masterful and history-rich look at the true roots of space tourism, providing a needed course-correction for those who think off-Earth passenger travel is more giggle-factor than fact.”—Leonard David, Space Insider columnist, SPACE.com

Douglas Messier

“Brimming with fascinating details and never-before-told stories, Realizing Tomorrow is a riveting account of the growth of commercial space. It is required reading for anyone who wants to know how a group of visionaries overcame great obstacles to pioneer the final frontier for profit.”—Douglas Messier, editor in chief of Parabolicarc.com

Jeff Foust

Realizing Tomorrow is the compelling story of the pioneers of commercial spaceflight and their efforts to open up the final frontier to everyone.”—Jeff Foust, editor and publisher of the Space Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803216105
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Series: Outward Odyssey: A People's History of S
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 564,952
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Dubbs is the author of Space Dogs: Pioneers of Space Travel and the coauthor (with Colin Burgess) of Animals in Space: From Research Rockets to the Space Shuttle. Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom is the vice president of programs and curriculum at Singularity University based at NASA Ames Research Park. She is also partner and consultant for International Space Consultants and worked for clients such as Odyssey Moon Limited, Space Adventures Ltd., and International Space University. Charles D. Walker was a crew member on Space Shuttle missions 41-D, 51-D, and 61-B.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Prologue I

1 The Entire Population of the Earth in Orbit 9

2 The Birth of Private Rocker Companies 32

3 Private Citizens Get Their Chance in Space 61

4 Russia Commercializes Space 87

5 Citizen Explorers 114

6 The Quest for a Reusable Spaceship 141

7 The Ansari X PRIZE Launches an Industry 167

8 Private Manned Spaceflight Makes History 192

9 Space Tourism Goes Mainstream 218

10 It Takes More Than a Spaceship to Build an Industry 269

Sources 269

Index 285

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    Posted July 31, 2013

    Penny and Co.

    NIGHT: Age: 4 years. Looks: Pure black coat with a long black mane and tail. Aprox. 18 hands high. Very strong. Gender: Stallion. Mate: None. Foals: None. Crush: yes. Its secret. PENNY: Age: 3 years. Looks: Copper colored coat with a white blaze and four white socks. A long copper mane and tail. Aprox. 16 hands high. Gender: Mare. Mate: Destar. Foals: Jesus. JESUS ((pronounced hey zues.)): Age: 0. Looks: A tan foal with two black socks in the front and two black stockings in the back. He has a black star on his forehead. His mane and tail are black with strands of copper mixed in. Gender: Colt. HISTORY: Penny and Night are brother and sister who escaped a breeding ranch. Penny was bred with a stallion who she thinks is named Joe. The twolegs often accidently kill foals so Night convinced Penny to leave an find a herd in the wild.

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    Candor and Valliat

    Candor: white and black mare. She is friendly, nice, and extremely honest, hence her name. She also has a very opinionated mind and smart. Her brother is Valliant, and she is the younger sibling, but old enoigh to have a stallion, even if she doesnt really have a particular eye on anyone. She doesnt exactly do love...

    Valliant: older brother of Candor. He is asilver, semi orange, and brown stallion. Valliant is brave and smart. He will be very selfless, but occasionaly be strange and mysterious. No eye on any mare. More of protecter than fighter

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    Destar

    He is the black and white pinto lead stallion.

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