Rocketeers : How a Visionary Band of Business Leaders, Engineers, and Pilots Is Boldly Privatizing Space

3.72 (54 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

List price: US$26.95

Currently unavailable

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


In the more than forty years since the first human left the atmosphere of Earth, no one had ever done so without the help of a government agency. That changed on June 21, 2004, when SpaceShipOne, built by aircraft designer Burt Rutan, entered space and ushered in the commercial space age.

Investment capital began to pour into the new commercial spaceflight industry. Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic will begin ferrying space tourists out of the atmosphere in 2009. Las Vegas hotelier Robert Bigelow is spending $500 million of his personal fortune to develop the world's first commercial space station (i.e., space hotel). Former PayPal CEO Elon Musk is developing orbital spacecraft to service Bigelow's space station. Others want to tap the vast natural resources of space, including unlimited solar power. These space entrepreneurs, including Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen and founder Jeff Bezos, now see space as the Next Big Thing.

In Rocketeers, Michael Belfiore goes behind the scenes of this nascent industry, capturing its Wild West, anything-goes flavor, enhanced by the fact that most of the players live and work in California, New Mexico, Texas, and other western states, with plenty of open space for rocket launching. Likening his research to "hanging out in the Wright brothers' barn," Belfiore offers an inspiring and entertaining look at people who are not afraid to make their bold dreams a reality.
show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 305 pages
  • 157.48 x 228.6 x 33.02mm | 476.27g
  • United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0061149020
  • 9780061149023

Rating details

54 ratings
3.72 out of 5 stars
5 19% (10)
4 43% (23)
3 31% (17)
2 7% (4)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X