Making Commercial Spaceflight a Reality

  • Erik Seedhouse

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
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  4. Erik Seedhouse
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  5. Erik Seedhouse
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 169-206

About this book


2012 - the year when the first ever privately-developed spacecraft visited the International Space Station.

This is the story of how one company is transforming commercial space flight. It describes the extraordinary feats of engineering and human achievement that have resulted in the world's first fully reusable launch vehicles and the prospect of human travel to Mars.
SpaceX - The First Ten Years:

- explores the philosophy behind the success of SpaceX;
- explains the practical management that enables SpaceX to keep it simple, reliable, and affordable;
- details the developmentof the Falcon 1, Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets and the technology of the Merlin engines;
- describes the collaboration with NASA;
- introduces current SpaceX projects, including the Grasshopper reusable launch vehicle and the Stratolaunch System.

SpaceX - The First Ten Years is a portrait of one of the most spectacular spaceflight triumphs of the 21st century, one that is laying the foundation for humanity to become a spacefaring civilization.


Commercial Orbital Transportation Services Commercial Spaceflight Commerical Crew Development Program Elon Musk Human Space Exploration International Space Station Launch Industry Space Launch Vehicles SpaceX Initiation US Launch Vehicles

Authors and affiliations

  • Erik Seedhouse
    • 1
  1. 1.MiltonCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Praxis, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-5513-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-5514-1
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