Realizing Tomorrow: The Path to Private Spaceflight

Realizing Tomorrow: The Path to Private Spaceflight

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by Chris Dubbs
     
 

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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

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U.S.A.F. Chief of Staff 2013 Professional Reading List Selection
 

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—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

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."—Leonard David, Coalition for Space Exploration
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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803235274
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
06/01/2011
Series:
Outward Odyssey
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,172,640
File size:
5 MB

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