Spaceport Earth by Joe Pappalardo audiobook

Spaceport Earth: The Reinvention of Spaceflight

By Joe Pappalardo
Read by Kevin Kenerly

Blackstone Publishing 9781468316926

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781982648848

  • ISBN: 9781982648831

  • ISBN: 9781982648855

Runtime: 7.64 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Technology & Engineering
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Is there a future in orbit? This timely book reveals the state of spaceflight at a crucial juncture in the industry’s history.

It’s the twenty-first century, and everything about the space industry is changing. Rather than despair over the end of American manned missions and a moribund commercial launch market, private sector companies are now changing the way humanity accesses orbit. Upstarts including Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin are building a dizzying array of new spacecraft and rockets, not just for government use, but for any paying customer. At the heart of this space revolution are spaceports, the center and literal launching pads of spaceflight. Spaceports cost hundreds of millions of dollars, face extreme competition, and host operations that do not tolerate failures―which can often be fatal.

Aerospace journalist Joe Pappalardo has witnessed space rocket launches around the world, from the jungle of French Guiana to the coastline of California. In his comprehensive work Spaceport Earth, Pappalardo describes the rise of private companies in the United States and how they are reshaping the way the world is using space for industry and science. Spaceport Earth is a travelogue through modern space history as it is being made, offering space enthusiasts, futurists, and technology buffs a close perspective of rockets and launch sites, and chronicling the stories of industrial titans, engineers, government officials, billionaires, schemers, and politicians who are redefining what it means for humans to be a spacefaring species.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Pappalardo takes us to future launchpads around the world, showing us how spaceports are being built to launch us into the stars.” Popular Science
“The author’s engaging style and clear explanations of the technology and processes that are involved in the exciting world of commercial spaceflight will delight space buffs, technology enthusiasts, and the general science reader.” Library Journal

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Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Joe Pappalardo

Author Bio: Joe Pappalardo

Joe Pappalardo is a contributing editor at Popular Mechanics. His work has also appeared in Smithsonian Air & Space, Time magazine, American Way, Mental Floss, and online at Esquire. He has appeared on the History Channel, the Science Channel, C-SPAN, CNN, Fox News, and the John Batchelor Show.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Technology & Engineering
Runtime: 7.64
Audience: Adult
Language: English