“One of the most remarkable accomplishments in our conquest of gravity.” — Sir Arthur C. Clarke In April, 2003, a company called Scaled Composites introduced SpaceShipOne to the world. SpaceShipOne: An Illustrated History chronicles the development of the world’s first commercial manned space program—aprogram that includes an airborne launcher (the White Knight), a space ship (SpaceShipOne), rocket propulsion, avionics, simulator, and full ground support. With ample illustrations, photographs, and behind-the-scenes information, SpaceShipOne provides a full picture of this classified project. The story of SpaceShipOne combines the adventurous spirit of Charles Lindbergh, the entrepreneurial drive of Howard Hughes, and the urgency of the space race at the height of the Cold War.
"The book is filled with hundreds of rare photos, charts, and details that I have not seen in a single source before and includes numerous comments taken from interviews with all the key players. It is a remarkable book that covers this achievement in remarkable detail and should be considered a primary reference for anyone doing research on commercial space. Dan Linehan should be commended for an amazing program summary, the likes of which belongs in any library focused on commercial spaceflight. When students and historian look back at this program, this is the book, the one book, they need to refer to." - "Quest: The History of Spaceflight" newsletter
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 3rd June 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.6 x 23.5 x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.71