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Realizing tomorrow : the path to private spaceflight / Chris Dubbs and Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom ; foreword by Charles D. Walker.

By: Dubbs, Chris.
Contributor(s): Paat-Dahlstrom, Emeline.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Outward odyssey: Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 2011Description: 1 online resource (xii, 299 pages, [26] pages of plates) : illustrations.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780803235274; 0803235275.Subject(s): Space flights | Space industrialization | Space tourismAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Realizing Tomorrow : The Path to Private Spaceflight.DDC classification: 629.4/1 LOC classification: TL790 .D79 2011Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
The entire population of the earth in orbit -- The birth of private rocket companies -- Private citizens get their chance in space -- Russia commercializes space -- Citizen explorers -- The quest for a reusable spaceship -- The ansari x prize launches an industry -- Private manned spaceflight makes history -- Space tourism goes mainstream -- It takes more than a spaceship to build an industry.
Summary: Engaging account of the people and events who have shaped the development of private spaceflight.
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Engaging account of the people and events who have shaped the development of private spaceflight.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-284) and index.

The entire population of the earth in orbit -- The birth of private rocket companies -- Private citizens get their chance in space -- Russia commercializes space -- Citizen explorers -- The quest for a reusable spaceship -- The ansari x prize launches an industry -- Private manned spaceflight makes history -- Space tourism goes mainstream -- It takes more than a spaceship to build an industry.

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CHOICE Review

This book by Dubbs (coauthor, Animals in Space, 2007; Space Dogs, 2003) and Paat-Dahlstrom (Singularity Univ., NASA Ames campus) does not focus on the engineering or technological aspects of private spaceflight, but on the individuals involved. It begins with a foreword by Charles Walker, "industry's first astronaut," who traveled in space as a test engineer as part of McDonnell Douglas's Electrophoresis Operations in Space project. The first chapter is about some of the "blue sky" ideas of Gerard O'Neill, followed by a description of Robert Truax and his rockets. The authors devote an entire chapter to Russia's commercialization of space. They discuss the first space tourist, Dennis Tito, and NASA's opposition to his flight, and provide interesting accounts of the saga of Rotary Rocket and the history of the X PRIZE. Aerospace engineer Burt Rutan and British adventurer/entrepreneur Richard Branson have their own chapters. The final chapter deals with Elon Musk and the other major players in the private spacecraft business. The jacket aptly states that the book "provides a behind-the-scenes look at the visionaries, crackpots, the financial schemes, the legal wrangling, [and] the turf battles" that accompanied the effort to get private citizens into space. Summing Up: Recommended. Readers interested in commercial spaceflight, including undergraduate students and general audiences. A. M. Strauss Vanderbilt University

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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 chief impact officer and executive vice president of operations at Singularity University based at NASA Ames Research Park. She is also partner and consultant for International Space Consultants. Charles D. Walker is a former crew member of Space Shuttle missions 41-D, 51-D, and 61-B.

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