Liftoff : Elon Musk and the desperate early days that launched SpaceX
Berger, Eric (Science writer), author.

Liftoff : Elon Musk and the desperate early days that launched SpaceX

Berger, Eric (Science writer), author.


Physical Description
280 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm

General Note (Repeatable)
Includes index.

Prologue -- Early years -- Merlin -- Kwaj -- Flight one -- Selling rockets -- Flight two -- Texas -- Flight three -- Eight weeks -- Flight four -- Always go to eleven -- Epilogue -- Key SpaceX employees from 2002 to 2008 -- Timeline -- Bulent Altan's Turkish goulash.

The Ars Technica senior space editor chronicles the first four historic flights that launched SpaceX, describing how, after three failed attempts, the fourth flight helped transform SpaceX from a shaky startup into the world's leading edge rocket company.
Less than 20 years after its founding, SpaceX boasts the largest constellation of commercial satellites in orbit, has pioneered reusable rockets, and in 2020 became the first private company to launch human beings into orbit. Berger takes readers inside the wild early days that made SpaceX. Focusing on the company's first four launches of the Falcon 1 rocket, he charts the bumpy journey from scrappy underdog to aerospace pioneer. He draws upon interviews with dozens of former and current engineers, designers, mechanics, and executives, including Elon Musk. -- adapted from jacket

Personal Subject
Musk, Elon.

Corporate Subject
SpaceX (Firm)
SpaceX (Firm) (OCoLC)fst01917076

Subject Term
Space launch industry -- United States.
Launch vehicles (Astronautics) -- United States.
Space flight -- History.


Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2021]

Material TypeShelf NumberBarcodeLibraryStatus
BookSCIENCES SPACE 629.4 BERG32530610710095Main JCPLAdult Nonfiction Area