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Test gods : Virgin Galactic and the making of a modern astronaut / Nicholas Schmidle.

Schmidle, Nicholas, (author.).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Hussey-Mayfield Mem. PL - Zionsville 387.8092 SCHMIDLE (Text) 33946003830812 New Books . 2nd Floor Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250229755
  • ISBN: 1250229758
  • Physical Description: xii, 333 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2021.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-316) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
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.
Summary, etc.:
"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Space vehicles > United States > Testing.
Virgin Galactic > Employees.
Test pilots > United States.
Astronauts > United States.
Space tourism.
TRANSPORTATION / General.
Genre: Technology & Engineering / Aeronautics & Astronautics.
Technology & Engineering / Aeronautics & Astronautics.

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