Spaceport Earth: The Reinvention of Spaceflight

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The Space Race hasn’t been this explosive — in every sense of the word — since the fevered days before the moonshot. Billionaires are pouring dollars into organizations like Blue Origin and SpaceX, and actual spaceports are being constructed around the country in the hopes of attracting major future business built around the stars themselves.

Spaceport Earth delves into the burgeoning fields of privatized spaceflight, space tourism, and reusable rocketry to explore the incredible forward steps being taken by private industry since NASA scuttled the space shuttle program. Historic accomplishments and catastrophic failures alike are chronicled in these pages as the next generation of astronauts and entrepreneurs look toward the heavens for what’s to come.

Pappalardo takes us behind the scenes of how these spaceports operate, how they’ve affected the communities that fund them (both in positive and negative ways), and just how close we are to realizing all those dreams and potentialities promised in the initial Space Race.

Both a sobering reality check and a mind-bending trip into what could be, Spaceport Earth is a marvelous glimpse into the frontiers of modern rocket science.

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Author Joe Pappalardo
Star Count 4.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 256 pages
Publisher The Overlook Press
Publish Date 2017-Nov-28
ISBN 9781468312782
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Issue May 2018
Category Science & Nature


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