The Space Barons

The Space Barons

Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos

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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.

Publisher: New York :, PublicAffairs,, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781610398299
Characteristics: viii, 308 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm

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EricTheMailman
Oct 13, 2018

This was a terrific read.

Best of all, the book was published this year, making the information very current.

n these pages we learn that we are witnessing the birth of a new golden age of human space flight. But, instead of building on the legacy of the Saturn V, rockets have been reinvented from the ground up. They are a very different type of craft, being designed on reusability.

It is an accessible read and will open the door to many Google searches to dive deeper into the subjects covered here.

Highly recommended.

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SeattleSaul
Aug 24, 2018

It is as said, “Space is hard.” Of the contenders for space, it seems that Musk and Bezos are the closest to making space travel a reality for the common person, as well as a colony on the Moon and eventually Mars. While Musk is well known for Tesla car and Bezos for Amazon, these are more like a means to the goal of commercial space travel.
The poor follow-up to our Moon landings is discussed. There are new space leaders—private individuals—willing to spend their own money on space travel until NASA funds them or they can make money with paid space passengers.
A very readable book that will get you up-to-date on our progress in space. One can admire the drive of these pioneers, but honestly, even if I were smart enough to be able to work for them, I think it would be too difficult and arduous.
I would have liked to have read more about what other countries are doing or planning to do now in order to put the efforts of the U.S. in perspective. And with a topic like this the end of the last chapter has to be “To Be Continued…”

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Papagrizz45
Apr 30, 2018

This book jumped off the shelf at me and it’s not the type of space book I pick-up. With that said; it’s a fast pace, fun to read, and hard to put down history book of the private sector barons that are currently exploring the cosmos.

The engineer in me wanted find out how? This book is not about the Nuts and Bolts, but the process of building companies to explore space. The business person in me wanted to find out the costs? When you talk about the investment of time and money in a dream only the future will tell if the cost was worth it. The dreamer in me wanted to find the why? I too remember Neal Armstrong coming down the ladder on the Moon and old enough for that moment to change my life. I’ve tried to keep up with the current space race with the billionaires, but there is so much information to keep up with. This book is an excellent starting point. It’s going to be fun to watch from now on; this race to take us back to the Moon and on to Mars. I just wish I was young enough.

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