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Test gods : Virgin Galactic and the making of a modern astronaut

Author: Nicholas Schmidle
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2021. ©2021
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Based on exclusive inside reporting, New Yorker writer Nicholas Schmidle tells the remarkable story of the test pilots, engineers, and visionaries behind Virgin Galactic's campaign to build a space tourism company. Schmidle follows a handful of characters-Mark Stucky, Virgin's lead test pilot ; Richard Branson, the eccentric billionaire funding the venture ; Mike Moses, the grounded, unflappable president ; Mike  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Technology & Engineering / Aeronautics & Astronautics
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Schmidle, Nicholas,
Test gods
New York, NY : Henry Holt and Company, 2021.
(DLC) 2020052703
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholas Schmidle
ISBN: 9781250229755 1250229758
OCLC Number: 1224042317
Description: xii, 333 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue: Blue Zebra --
Brothers. Born to fly ; Forger ; A beautiful ball ; God is here ; Foggles ; The rebel billionaire ; Hidden tigers ; Evil air ; The party ; Angel's wings ; The gamma turn ; They're gone ; Wreckage ; The red balloon --
Fathers. A resemblance ; Jousting ; Whale lines ; Blank pages ; Starman ; Jitters ; The walnut ; Gradatim ferociter ; Artifacts ; Full duration --
Sons. Slipping the surly bonds ; Million-dollar view ; Defining space ; Dagobah ; Fortune cookies ; Thoroughbred ; The space mirror ; Wings --
Epilogue: Magic.
Other Titles: Virgin Galactic and the making of a modern astronaut
Responsibility: Nicholas Schmidle.

Abstract:

"Based on exclusive inside reporting, New Yorker writer Nicholas Schmidle tells the remarkable story of the test pilots, engineers, and visionaries behind Virgin Galactic's campaign to build a space tourism company. Schmidle follows a handful of characters-Mark Stucky, Virgin's lead test pilot ; Richard Branson, the eccentric billionaire funding the venture ; Mike Moses, the grounded, unflappable president ; Mike Alsbury, the test pilot who lost his life ; and others-through personal and professional dramas, in pursuit of their collective goal : to make space tourism a reality. Along the way, Schmidle weaves his relationship with his father-a former fighter pilot and decorated war hero-into the tragedies and triumphs that Branson's team encounters out in the Mojave Desert as they design, build, and test-fly their private rocketship. Gripping and novelistic, Test Gods leads us, through human drama, into a previously unseen world-and beyond"--

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