The Space Barons

Author: Christian Davenport

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1610398300

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

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The historic quest to rekindle the human exploration and colonization of space led by two rivals and their vast fortunes, egos, and visions of space as the next entrepreneurial frontier The Space Barons is the story of a group of billionaire entrepreneurs who are pouring their fortunes into the epic resurrection of the American space program. Nearly a half-century after Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, these Space Barons-most notably Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, along with Richard Branson and Paul Allen-are using Silicon Valley-style innovation to dramatically lower the cost of space travel, and send humans even further than NASA has gone. These entrepreneurs have founded some of the biggest brands in the world-Amazon, Microsoft, Virgin, Tesla, PayPal-and upended industry after industry. Now they are pursuing the biggest disruption of all: space. Based on years of reporting and exclusive interviews with all four billionaires, this authoritative account is a dramatic tale of risk and high adventure, the birth of a new Space Age, fueled by some of the world's richest men as they struggle to end governments' monopoly on the cosmos. The Space Barons is also a story of rivalry-hard-charging startups warring with established contractors, and the personal clashes of the leaders of this new space movement, particularly Musk and Bezos, as they aim for the moon and Mars and beyond.

Summary Of The Space Barons

Author: Scorpio Digital Press

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: 9781079126334


Page: 66

View: 3681

Let's go to space! Note to Readers: This is a fan-based summary and analysis on Christian Davenport's The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jess Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos. This is meant to enhance your original reading experience, not supplement it. We strongly encourage you to purchase the full text here: https: // In this detailed summary and analysis of the Space Barons, you'll learn about how modern day rocket pioneers are changing the world right now. Davenport's book follows the lives, ideas, drives, and accomplishments of some of the world's most innovative thinkers; Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Richard Branson. Each chapter is summarized with intriguing key takeaways, like: Why Elon Musk was terrified that NASA didn't have a plan to get humans on Mars.How Jeff Bezos' and Musk's strategies varied between their companies, and why. The trials and tribulations these space cowboys faced from huge corporations, like Lockheed.The heated beef between Musk and Bezos. And much more! Scroll to the top and 1-click your purchase to

Summary & Analysis : The Space Barons By Christian Davenport : Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos

Author: Black Book

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 0359275273

Category: Education

Page: N.A

View: 5508

Book Summary of The Space Barons In the late 1950s, Russia beat the US into outer space with the launch of the Sputnik. This set off a panic given the strained political relationships at the time. NASA was formed in 1958, with the launch of America’s first capsule a year later. In 1961 the Saturn 1 rockets started testing for the Apollo missions. John Glen made the first orbital flight in 1962. Neil Armstrong made the first moon landing in 1969. The American space program has been operational at this point for sixty years. Eventually, the little boys who watched the first moon landing in 1969 grew up. Many continued to be obsessed with space, and a few became wildly successful in the early days of the internet and dot coms. This book is about those little boys.

War and Peace in Outer Space

Author: Cassandra Steer,Matthew Hersch

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0197548687

Category: Law

Page: 334

View: 2055

"Historically, strategic restraint was the dominant approach among nations active in outer space, all of whom understood that continued access to and use of space required holding back on threats or activities which might jeopardize the status quo of peace in space. However, recently there has been a discernible shift in international rhetoric towards a more offensive approach to defense in space. The U.S. move towards establishing a "Space Force" has been echoed by similar announcements in France and Japan. India launched an anti-satellite weapon test and announced proudly that it thereby joined the elite group of China, Russia and the U.S., who have all demonstrated this capability in the past. And as technologies in space advance, along with our terrestrial dependence on space-based systems for our peaceful civilian lives and for support of terrestrial warfare, the political stability of this vulnerable environment comes under threat. These factors, combined with a lack of transparency about actual capabilities and intentions on the part of all major players in space, creates a cyclical escalation which has led some commentators to describe this as a return to a Cold War-type arms race, and to the foreseeability of a space-based conflict. Due to many unique characteristics of the space domain, an armed conflict in space would be catastrophic for all players, including neutral States, commercial actors, and international civil society. Due to the specificity of the space domain, specialized expertise must be provided to decision-makers, and interdisciplinary opinions must be sought from a multitude of stakeholders. To that end, this volume provides a wide spectrum of perspectives from experts who have engaged together at a conference hosted by the Center for Ethics in the Rule of Law to discuss these issues. Ethical, legal and policy solutions are offered here by those with experience in the space sector, including academia, legal practitioners, military lawyers and operators, diplomats and policy advisors"--

Life Writing in the Posthuman Anthropocene

Author: Ina Batzke,Lea Espinoza Garrido,Linda M. Hess

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 3030779734

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 268

View: 1645

Life Writing in the Posthuman Anthropocene is a timely collection of insightful contributions that negotiate how the genre of life writing, traditionally tied to the human perspective and thus anthropocentric qua definition, can provide adequate perspectives for an age of ecological disasters and global climate change. The volume’s eight chapters illustrate the aptness of life writing and life writing studies to critically reevaluate the role of “the human” vis-à-vis non-human others while remaining mindful of persisting inequalities between humans regarding who causes and who suffers damage in the Anthropocene age. The authors in this collection not only expand the toolbox of life writing studies by engaging with critical insights from the fields of posthumanism and ecocriticism, but, in turn, also enrich those fields by offering unique approaches to contemplate the responsibility of humans for as well as their relational existence in the posthuman Anthropocene.

My Paper Chase

Author: Harold Evans

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0748114718

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 512

View: 4480

From a wartime beach in Wales to the gleaming skyscrapers of twenty-first-century Manhattan, the extraordinary career of Fleet Street legend Harold Evans has spanned five decades of tumultuous social, political and creative change. Just how did a working class Lancashire boy, who failed the eleven-plus, rise to a position where he could so effectively give voice to the unheard? Born in the bleak years between the wars in the sprawl of Greater Manchester into a thrifty, diligent and loving family, Evans inherited only the privilege of his parents' example. Theirs was a work ethic that led Evans through night school classes, national service and a passionate commitment to regional life, and, finally, to his unassailably successful editorship of one of our greatest newspapers, the Sunday Times. Whether unpicking the murderous chaos of Bloody Sunday, pursuing a foreign correspondent's murderers or uncovering the atrocity of Thalidomide, this consummate newsman evokes his contagious passion: for the real story and the truth.

The Best Australian Science Writing 2019

Author: Bianca Nogrady

Publisher: NewSouth

ISBN: 1742244726

Category: Science

Page: 320

View: 702

Good science writing makes us feel. It makes us delight in the discovery of a black hole munching on a star, laugh at the image of aliens puzzling over golf balls on the Moon, wonder at the mystery of the Spanish influenza’s deadly rampage, grieve for baby shearwater chicks dying with plastic-filled stomachs, rage at the loss of the Great Barrier Reef and cheer for the clitoris’ long-overdue scientific debut. This ninth edition of The Best Australian Science Writing showcases the most powerful, insightful and brilliant essays and poetry from Australian writers and scientists. It roams the length and breadth of science, revealing how a ceramic artist is helping to save the handfish, what is so dangerous about the hype around artificial intelligence and whether too much exercise is bad for the heart. It makes us think, feel and hopefully act.


Author: Christopher Wanjek

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674247035

Category: Science

Page: 368

View: 5970

A wry and compelling take on the who, how, and why of near-future colonies in space. From bone-whittling microgravity to eye-popping profits, the risks and rewards of space settlement have never been so close at hand. More than fifty years after the Apollo 11 moon landing, why is there so little human presence in space? Will we ever reach Mars? What will it take to become a multiplanet species, colonizing the solar system and traveling to other stars? Spacefarers meets these questions head on. While many books have speculated on the possibility of living beyond the Earth, few have delved into the practical challenges or plausible motives for leaving the safe confines of our home planet. Christopher Wanjek argues that there is little doubt we will be returning to the Moon and exploring Mars in the coming decades, given the potential scientific and commercial bonanza. Private industry is already taking a leading role and earning profits from human space activity. This can be, Wanjek suggests, a sustainable venture and a natural extension of earthbound science, business, and leisure. He envisions hotels in low-earth orbit and mining, tourism, and science on the Moon. He also proposes the slow, steady development of science bases on Mars, to be followed by settlements if Martian gravity will permit reproduction and healthy child development. An appetite for wonder will take us far, but if we really want to settle new worlds, we’ll need the earnest plans of engineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. Wanjek introduces us to those planners, who are striving right now to make life in space a reality.

Privatizing Peace

Author: Wendy N. Whitman Cobb

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1000095428

Category: Science

Page: 138

View: 8936

This book explores the privatization of space and its global impact on the future of commerce, peace and conflict. As space becomes more congested, contested, and competitive in the government and the private arenas, the talk around space research moves past NASA’s monopoly on academic and cultural imaginations to discuss how Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin is making space "cool" again. This volume addresses the new rhetoric of space race and weaponization, with a focus on how the costs of potential conflict in space would discourage open conflict and enable global cooperation. It highlights the increasing dependence of the global economy on space research, its democratization, plunging costs of access, and growing economic potential of space-based assets. Thoughtful, nuanced, well-documented, this book is a must read for scholars and researchers of science and technology studies, space studies, political studies, sociology, environmental studies, and political economy. It will also be of much interest to policymakers, bureaucrats, think tanks, as well as the interested general reader looking for fresh perspectives on the future of space.


Author: Peter Stothard

Publisher: Abrams

ISBN: 1468310399

Category: History

Page: 400

View: 328

Blending aspects of memoir, history, and travel narrative into an elegant and unique tapestry, Stothard uses the sights and sounds of the ancient city to reconnect with the experiences that shaped his life. Melancholy yet often humorous, Alexandria probingly deconstructs the enigma of modern Egypt—with its uneasy mix of classical touchstones and increasingly volatile Middle Eastern politics—and offers a first†“hand glimpse into the fracturing state just before the Tahrir Square uprising and the start of the Arab Spring.