Spaceport Earth: The Reinvention of Spaceflight by Joe Pappalardo. PART 4 of 4: Blast-off Boca Chica. @PappalardoJoe

Jan 14, 2018, 05:30 AM


(Photo: Regional location of the Proposed SpaceX Texas Orbital Launch Site, from the FAA draft EIS, April 2013) )

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Spaceport Earth: The Reinvention of Spaceflight by Joe Pappalardo. PART 4 of 4: Blast-off Boca Chica.

“For anyone obsessed with how spaceflight grew into what it is today, this book is a must-have.”

  • Popular Mechanics

“Private companies and rich people like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have taken over the exploration of space. Pappalardo explores this new sort of spacefaring at the outer reaches of business and technology.”

  • The New York Times ("New and Noteworthy")

“Spaceport Earth tackles the ever-changing, 21st-century space industry and what privately funded projects like Elon Musk's SpaceX mean for the future of space travel.”

  • Foreign Policy

“It might seem like there's a rocket launch every day now, but in the not-so-distant future the tempo of blastoffs could increase even more. In Spaceport Earth, Joe Pappalardo takes us to future launchpads around the world, showing us how spaceports are being built to launch us into the stars.”

  • Popular Science

“A fresh look at where we are here, at the end of the second decade of the twenty-first century as the United States leads the world in what will be a tremendous commercial success . . . [Spaceport Earth] is a wonderful, helpful book.”

  • The John Batchelor Show

“The author’s engaging style and clear explanations of the technology and processes that are involved in the exciting world of commercial spaceflight will delight space buffs, technology enthusiasts, and the general science reader.”

  • Library Journal

“Joe Pappalardo has done a service to those who wonder what exactly we have been doing in space since the end of the Space Shuttle era. He travels to he strange sites carved out of jungles and deserts to meet the starry-eyed investors and engineers hoping to create a second great space age. Through scrubs and explosions, big talk and real breakthroughs, he shows us where we are now―with human launches from American soil still tantalizingly just over the next horizon.”

  • Margaret Lazarus Dean, author of Leaving Orbit and The Time It Takes to Fall

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About the Author

Joe Pappalardo is a contributing editor at Popular Mechanics. His work has also appeared in Smithsonian Air & Space,, Time magazine, American Way, Mental Floss, and Maxim and he has appeared on C-SPAN, CNN, Fox News Channel and the John Batchelor Show.