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Rocket Billionaires: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the New Space Race

Rocket Billionaires: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the New Space Race

by Tim Fernholz
Rocket Billionaires: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the New Space Race

Rocket Billionaires: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the New Space Race

by Tim Fernholz


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The inside story of the new race to conquer space, as Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos spend billions of their own money to explore the final frontier

For the larger-than-life personalities now staking their fortunes on the development of rocket ships, the new race to explore space could be a dead end, a lucrative opportunity — or the key to humanity’s salvation.
Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos take center stage in this fast-paced narrative as they attempt to disrupt the space economy, feed their own egos, and maybe even save the world. We also meet a supporting cast of equally fascinating entrepreneurs, from the irrepressible British mogul Richard Branson to satellite Internet visionary Greg Wyler. All are united in the profound conviction that commercial space transportation will transform our world for the better.
Tim Fernholz’s fly-on-the-wall reporting captures an industry in the midst of disruption, as NASA seeks to preserve its ambitious space exploration program, traditional aerospace firms like Boeing and Lockheed Martin scramble to adapt to new competitors, lobbyists tussle over public funds and lawmakers try to prevent this new space race from sparking global conflict.
With privileged access to top executives at SpaceX, including Musk himself, as well as at Blue Origin, NASA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Orbital ATK, Virgin Galactic, Fernholz spins this high-stakes marathon into a riveting tale of rivalry and survival. 

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781328662231
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/20/2018
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

TIM FERNHOLZ is a reporter at Quartz, the award-winning global news site from the Atlantic Media Company. He has been reporting on SpaceX since 2011, as well as covering the global economy at large. He has been a Knight Journalism Fellow and a fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C., and was a co-host of Actuality, a podcast about the new global economy co-produced by Quartz and Marketplace.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 Adventure Capitalism 1

2 The Rocket-Industrial Complex 18

3 The Rocker Monopoly 30

4 The Internet Guy 40

5 Friday Afternoon Space Club 58

6 The Tyranny Of The Rocket 72

7 Never A Straight Answer 93

8 A Method Of Reaching Extreme Altitudes 107

9 Test as We Fly 122

10 Change Versus More of the Same 139

11 Capture the Flag 159

12 Space Race 2.0 171

13 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle 195

14 Pushing the Envelope 205

15 Rocket Billionaires 221

16 Beyond Earth Orbit 236

Epilogue: A Spacefaring Civilization 252

Afterword 255

Acknowledgments 263

Notes 266

Index 279

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