Liftoff : Elon Musk And The Desperate Early Days That Launched Spacex by Eric Berger

Liftoff : Elon Musk And The Desperate Early Days That Launched Spacex by Eric Berger

A colorful page-turner.” –Walter Isaacson, New York Times Book Review

“As important a book on space as has ever been written.” –Homer Hickam, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Rocket Boys

The thrilling inside account of the groundbreaking missions that launched SpaceX–and Elon Musk–from a precarious start-up into the foremost rocket company in the world.

Over the course of just two decades, SpaceX has achieved remarkable success. With the largest fleet of commercial satellites in orbit, pioneering reusable rockets, and the historic milestone of launching humans into space in 2020, this private company has become a crucial player alongside NASA in the race to explore the cosmos and lay the groundwork for interplanetary exploration.

But before SpaceX became an influential force in the aerospace industry, it was a struggling start-up endeavoring to create a single viable rocket before running out of funds. The engineering hurdles were immense, as many other companies had failed in similar endeavors. Moreover, even if SpaceX managed to succeed, it would face stiff competition for government contracts from industry giants like Lockheed Martin and Boeing, who boasted vast resources and workforces.

With fewer than 200 employees and a modest $100 million budget, the odds were stacked against SpaceX. In his book Liftoff, senior space editor Eric Berger offers an inside look at the tumultuous early days that shaped the company. Focusing on the first four launches of the Falcon 1 rocket, he traces SpaceX’s journey from an underdog to a trailblazer in the aerospace domain. From the company’s headquarters in El Segundo to the remote Texas ranch where engine tests were conducted, and even to the Pacific atoll of Kwajalein, where the Falcon 1 took flight, Berger’s account draws upon his decade-long experience reporting on SpaceX, providing unparalleled access to the company’s inner workings.

Liftoff features exclusive interviews with past and present engineers, designers, mechanics, and executives, including the enigmatic Elon Musk himself. Musk, the visionary who founded the company with the audacious dream of colonizing Mars, serves as the driving force behind the book, propelling it with his radical vision of the future of space exploration.

Packed with untold tales of SpaceX’s turbulent beginnings, Liftoff presents an epic saga of astronomical proportions.

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