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Author Schmidle, Nicholas, author.

Title Test gods : Virgin Galactic and the making of a modern astronaut / Nicholas Schmidle.

Publication Info. New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2021.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    387.8092 SCH    Available
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Edition First edition.
Description xii, 333 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-316) and index.
Summary "Based on exclusive inside reporting, New Yorker writer Nicholas Schmidle tells the remarkable story of the test pilots, engineers, and visionaries behind Virgin Galactic's campaign to build a space tourism company. Schmidle follows a handful of characters-Mark Stucky, Virgin's lead test pilot ; Richard Branson, the eccentric billionaire funding the venture ; Mike Moses, the grounded, unflappable president ; Mike Alsbury, the test pilot who lost his life ; and others-through personal and professional dramas, in pursuit of their collective goal : to make space tourism a reality. Along the way, Schmidle weaves his relationship with his father--a former fighter pilot and decorated war hero--into the tragedies and triumphs that Branson's team encounters out in the Mojave Desert as they design, build, and test-fly their private rocketship."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Space vehicles -- United States -- Testing.
Virgin Galactic -- Employees.
Test pilots -- United States.
Astronauts -- United States.
Space tourism.
Added Title Virgin Galactic and the making of a modern astronaut
ISBN 9781250229755 hardcover
1250229758 hardcover
9781250229748 electronic book

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