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How to Make a Spaceship - A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight

Julian Guthrie

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A New York Times bestseller! The historic race that reawakened the promise of manned spaceflight A Finalist for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award Alone in a Spartan black cockpit, test pilot Mike Melvill rocketed toward space. He had eighty 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. Peter Diamandis was the son of hardworking immigrants who wanted their science prodigy to make the family proud and become a doctor. But from the age of eight, when he watched Apollo 11 land on the Moon, his singular goal was to get to space. When he realized NASA was winding down manned space flight, Diamandis set out on one of the great entrepreneurial adventure stories of our time. If the government wouldn't send him to space, he would create a private space flight industry himself. 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? The story of the bullet-shaped SpaceShipOne, and the other teams in the hunt, is 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Rob Shapiro

Length:

16h 39m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:20


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:38


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:35


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:02


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:38


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:32


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:58


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:44


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:32


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:02


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:55


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:53


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:28


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:33


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:27


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:07


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:12


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:33


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:25


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:45


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:26


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:30


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:22


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:21


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:36


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:53


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:16


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:28


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:36


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:05


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:59


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:15


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:54


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:41


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:18


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:09


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:53


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:04


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:01


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:04


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:28


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:36


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:41


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:08


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:45


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:44


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:59


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:08


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:53


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:11


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:26


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:39


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

09:08


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:14


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:16


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:01


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:30


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:41


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:55


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

02:46


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:12


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:51


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:41


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:14


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:00


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:43


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

09:09


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:08


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:19


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

02:02


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:11


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

02:18


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:30


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

02:22


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

02:15


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

08:24


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:20


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:49


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:47


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

02:03


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:00


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:56


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:44


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:06


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:33


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:01


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:58


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:09


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:18


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:22


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:08


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:30


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:30


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:54


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

02:21


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:05


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

08:23


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:53


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

02:32


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

08:21


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:39


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:40


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:15


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

08:05


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

02:28


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:18


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:52


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

03:48


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

02:11


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

09:05


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:17


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

03:50


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:38


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

09:05


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

03:07


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

07:06


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

09:05


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

08:46


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

02:49


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:59


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

08:03


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

02:28


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

07:35


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

02:57


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

06:53


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

06:26


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:53


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

03:35


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

06:53


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

04:00


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

06:32


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

06:16


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

02:32


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

04:13


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

05:41


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

07:35


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

02:16


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

02:49


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

04:51


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

06:04


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

05:41


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

06:51


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

08:55


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

05:51


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

08:22


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

07:42


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

04:17


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

07:32


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

02:56


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

02:41


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

06:43


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

03:50


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

07:27


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

05:48


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

05:58


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

08:47


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

07:38


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

04:10


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

07:07


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

02:50


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

02:12


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

06:33


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

03:50


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

06:03


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

05:25


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

05:28


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

06:44


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

02:13


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

06:39


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

08:40


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

05:50


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

04:24


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

05:34


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

06:25


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

00:34