License to Orbit: The Future of Commercial Space Travel

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Apogee, 2009 - Science - 197 pages
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Two leading experts on space systems with decades of experience in the field provide important and current insights on developments in today’s commercial space industry in this ambitious and extensively researched examination. The authors look at the lives, ambitions, and struggles of the billionaires funding and supporting this industry, while also examining the nature of the strained relations and alternative goals of space agencies versus the private space flight industry. The analysis even includes descriptions of the amazing new technologies that could revolutionize space exploration and space industries in the coming decades.

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About the author (2009)

Joseph Pelton is the director of the Space and Advanced Communications Research Institute at George Washington University, the vice chairman of the board of directors of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation, and the vice president of the International Space Safety Foundation. He is the author of more than 25 books and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his book Global Talk. He lives in Arlington, Virginia. Peter Marshall is a director of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation, and a former president of the satellite services company, Keystone Communications. He is the co-editor of Communication Satellites: Global Change Agents. Pelton and Marshall are the coauthors of Space Exploration and Astronaut Safety.

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