Powersat, Book 5

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Macmillan, 2005 - Fiction - 400 pages
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Two hundred thousand feet up, things go horribly wrong. An experimental low-orbit spaceplane breaks up on reentry, falling to earth over a trail hundreds of miles long. And it its wake is the beginning of the most important mission in the history of space.

America needs energy, and Dan Randolph is determined to give it to them. He dreams of an array of geosynchronous powersats, satellites which gather solar energy and beam it to generators on Earth, freeing America from its addiction to fossil fuels and breaking the power of the oil cartels forever. But the wreck of the spaceplane has left his company, Astro Manufacturing, on the edge of bankruptcy.

Worse, Dan discovers that the plane worked perfectly right up until the moment that saboteurs knocked it out of the sky. And whoever brought it down is willing and able to kill again to keep Astro grounded.

Now Dan has to thread a dangerous maze. The visible threats are bad enough: Rival firms want to buy him out and take control of his dreams. His former lover wants to co-opt his unlimited-energy ideal as a campaign plank for the candidate she's grooming for the presidency. NASA and the FAA want to shut down his maverick firm. And his creditors are breathing down his neck.

Making matters even more dangerous, an international organization of terrorists sees the powersat as a threat to their own oil-based power. And they've figured out how to use it as a weapon in their war against the West.

A sweeping mix of space, murder, romance, politics, secrets, and betrayal, Powersat will take you to the edge of space and the dawning of a new world.
 

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More a terrestrial drama of human proportions than SciFi. Also, a study in super egos and the differing perspectives of business versus politicians. The book stretches credibility with quick reaction ... Read full review

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Powersat is, chronologically, the start of Ben Bova's series 'The Grand Tour' (which later includes Mars, Jupiter, Moonrise etc). This is a standalone book following the creation of a satellite which ... Read full review

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Contents

FLIGHT TEST
1
MATAGORDA ISLAND TEXAS
3
KHARTOUM SUDAN
7
SOLAR POWER SATELLITE
10
TAOS NEW MEXICO
13
COUNTDOWN TO LAUNCH
19
MATAGORDA ISLAND TEXAS
25
WASHINGTON DC
29
MATAGORDA ISLAND TEXAS
227
CARACAS VENEZUELA
231
LEN KINSKYS APARTMENT
237
MATAGORDA ISLAND TEXAS
243
WASHINGTON DC
249
LAMAR TEXAS
254
LA MARSA TUNISIA
257
MATAGORDA ISLAND TEXAS
260

MATAGORDA ISLAND TEXAS
31
KHARTOUM SUDAN
39
THORNTON RANCH LOVE COUNTY OKLAHOMA
42
MATAGORDA ISLAND TEXAS
45
WASHINGTON DC
48
FLASHBACK THE DAY OF THE BRIDGES
52
AUSTIN TEXAS
61
NEW YORK CITY
65
MATAGORDA ISLAND TEXAS
70
DAN RANDOLPHS APARTMENT
73
MATAGORDA ISLAND TEXAS
82
HOUSTON TEXAS
88
MATAGORDA ISLAND TEXAS
92
OVER GOOSE ISLAND STATE PARK TEXAS
97
KYOTO JAPAN
101
MATAGORDA ISLAND TEXAS
104
HOUSTON TEXAS
109
MATAGORDA ISLAND TEXAS
115
SEATTLE WASHINGTON
121
MATAGORDA ISLAND TEXAS
124
AUSTIN TEXAS
129
MATAGORDA ISLAND TEXAS
139
WASHINGTON DC
143
THORTON RANCH OKLAHOMA
150
HOUSTON TEXAS
156
MATAGORDA ISLAND TEXAS
161
QUARTERLY BOARD MEETING
165
MATAGORDA ISLAND TEXAS
168
ASTRO MOTEL
171
PLANNING
176
WASHINGTON DC
180
MATAGORDA ISLAND TEXAS
184
CARACAS VENEZUELA
187
ASTRO MOTEL
191
MATAGORDA ISLAND TEXAS
195
HURRICANE PARTY
198
ASTRO MOTEL
204
HANGAR B
208
MATAGORDA ISLAND TEXAS
212
HOUSTON TEXAS
217
BLOCKHOUSE
222
HOUSTON TEXAS
270
WASHINGTON DC
276
BOULDER COLORADO
279
MATAGORDA ISLAND TEXAS
288
NASHUA NEW HAMPSHIRE
293
MATAGORDA ISLAND TEXAS
299
WASHINGTON DC
302
DUBAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
308
BAIKONUR COSMODROME KAZAKHSTAN
312
HOUSTON TEXAS
316
MATAGORDA ISLAND TEXAS
319
THORNTON RANCH OKLAHOMA
325
LANGLEY VIRGINIA
329
MATAGORDA ISLAND TEXAS
333
BAIKONUR KAZAKHSTAN
338
MATAGORDA ISLAND TEXAS
342
GATHERING FORCES
346
NEAREARTH ORBIT
350
MATAGORDA ISLAND TEXAS
354
MARSEILLE
357
MATAGORDA ISLAND TEXAS
360
ABOVE THE ATLANTIC
363
WASHINGTON DC
368
GEOSYNCHRONOUS ORBIT
371
MARSEILLE
374
GEOSYNCHRONOUS ORBIT
378
MATAGORDA ISLAND TEXAS
382
WASHINGTON DC
386
MATAGORDA ISLAND TEXAS
393
POWERSAT
397
MARSEILLE
400
POWERSAT
404
THE OVAL OFFICE
408
USS HARRY S TRUMAN
411
MARSEILLE
415
MATAGORDA ISLAND TEXAS
417
WASHINGTON DC
419
MATAGORDA ISLAND TEXAS
422
The Green Trap
425
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A past president of the National Space Society and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Ben Bova is the author of many novels and works of nonfiction about science, technology, and the future.