An Illustrated History

Book - 2008
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In April of 2003, a company called Scaled Composites lifted the veil of secrecy from a longtime research program and introduced SpaceShipOne to the world. And the age of commercial space travel took off . . . like a rocket. This book chronicles the development of the world's first commercial manned space program--a program 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--from the conception and design to the deals that brought together Scaled Composites' Burt Rutan and Virgin Airlines' Sir Richard Branson to the plans for building a fleet of commercial suborbital spaceships and launch aircraft.

The story ofSpaceShipOne 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. Author Dan Linehan, who was there at the launch, lets readers in on the drama and details behind the making of spaceships that will take twenty-first-century tourists to the final frontier.

Features a never-before-seen cockpit diagram, created especially for this book, identifying all seventy of SpaceShipOne's instruments and controls.

Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : Zenith Press, c2008.
ISBN: 9780760331880
Characteristics: 160 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 29 cm.
Alternative Title: Space Ship One


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neko Sep 03, 2009

Burt Rutan and his team at Scaled Composites create the space craft that wins the Space X Prize.


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