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This week’s book up for grabs:
How to make a spaceship
By Julian Guthrie
Alone in a Spartan black cockpit, test pilot Mike Melvill rocketed toward space. He had 80 seconds to exceed the speed of sound and begin the climb to a target no civilian pilot had ever reached. He might not make it back alive. If he did, he would make history as the world’s first commercial astronaut.
The spectacle defied reason, the result of a competition dreamed up by entrepreneur Peter Diamandis, whose vision for a new race to space required small teams to do what only the world’s largest governments had done before. In the 1990s, this idea was the stuff of science fiction.
Undaunted, Diamandis found inspiration in an unlikely place: the golden age of aviation. He discovered that Charles Lindbergh made his transatlantic flight to win a $25,000 prize. The flight made Lindbergh the most famous man on earth and galvanized the airline industry. Why, Diamandis thought, couldn’t the same be done for space flight?
How to Make a Spaceship is the story of the bullet-shaped SpaceShipOne, and the other teams in the hunt, an extraordinary tale of making the impossible possible. It is driven by outsized characters – Burt Rutan, Richard Branson, John Carmack, Paul Allen – and obsessive pursuits. In the end, as Diamandis dreamed, the result wasn’t just a victory for one team; it was the foundation for a new industry and a new age.