Spaceport Earth: The Reinvention of Spaceflight

Spaceport Earth: The Reinvention of Spaceflight

by Joe Pappalardo
Spaceport Earth: The Reinvention of Spaceflight

Spaceport Earth: The Reinvention of Spaceflight

by Joe Pappalardo


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It’s the 21st-century and everything about the space industry is changing, and leading that charge are private sector companies including Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin, which are building a dizzying array of new spacecraft and rockets, not just for government use, but for any paying customer. At the heart of this space revolution are spaceports, the center and literal launching pads of spaceflight. Spaceports cost hundreds of millions of dollars, face extreme competition, and host operations that do not tolerate failures—which can often be fatal.Aerospace journalist Joe Pappalardo has witnessed space rocket launches around the world, from the jungle of French Guiana to the coastline of California. In his comprehensive work Spaceport Earth, Pappalardo describes the rise of private companies and how they are reshaping the way the world is using space for industry and science. Spaceport Earth is a travelogue through modern space history as it is being made, offering space enthusiasts, futurists, and technology buffs a close perspective of rockets and launch sites, and chronicling the stories of industrial titans, engineers, government officials, billionaires, schemers, and politicians who are redefining what it means for humans to be a spacefaring species.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781468316926
Publisher: Abrams Press
Publication date: 03/26/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Joe Pappalardo is a contributing editor at Popular
Mechanics. His work has also appeared in Smithsonian
Air & Space,, Time magazine, American Way, andMental Floss, and he has appeared on the History Channel, the Science Channel, C-SPAN, CNN, Fox News Channel, and The John Batchelor Show.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Endings and Beginnings 11

Chapter 2 Welcome to the Jungle 33

Chapter 3 Moments in Mojave 47

Chapter 4 Desert Hubris 71

Chapter 5 Wild Horses at the Pilotless Research Station 87

Chapter 6 Armageddon Spaceports 101

Chapter 7 The ULA/SpaceX Fend 119

Chapter 8 Texas 139

Chapter 9 Waco and Tucson: New Arrivals 159

Chapter 10 Cape Redux: 2016 179

Chapter 11 Trials by Fire 197

Chapter 12 The End of the Beginning 209

Space Lingo 229

Selected Sources 236

Acknowledgments 242

Index 243

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