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The Space Business

From Hotels in Orbit to Mining the Moon - How Private Enterprise is Transforming Space

Andrew May



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Icon Books
05 January 2022
Series: Hot Science
Twentieth century space exploration may have belonged to state-funded giants such as NASA, but there is a parallel history which has set the template for the future.

Even before Apollo 11 landed on the Moon, private companies were exploiting space via communication satellites - a sector that is seeing exponential growth in the internet age. In human spaceflight, too, commercialisation is making itself felt. Billionaire entrepreneurs Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson have long trumpeted plans to make space travel a possibility for ordinary people and those ideas are inching ever closer to reality. At the same time, other companies plan to mine the Moon for helium-3, or asteroids for precious metals.

Science writer Andrew May takes an entertaining, in-depth look at the triumphs and heroic failures of our quixotic quest to commercialise the final frontier.
Imprint:   Icon Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 13mm
Weight:   191g
ISBN:   9781785787454
ISBN 10:   1785787454
Series:   Hot Science
Pages:   176
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Andrew May is a freelance writer and science consultant. The Space Business is his fourth book in the Hot Science series, following Destination Mars, Cosmic Impact, and Astrobiology. He lives in Somerset.

Reviews for The Space Business: From Hotels in Orbit to Mining the Moon - How Private Enterprise is Transforming Space

We enjoyed this book, and it is a thought provoking read as we move into an exciting new phase of space activity. * Irish Tech News * Easy to read, detailed and extremely well-researched - and fascinating to boot. * How it Works *

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