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    The dramatic inside story of the first four historic flights that launched SpaceX - and Elon Musk - from a shaky startup into the world's leading-edge rocket company. 

    In 2006, SpaceX - a brand-new venture with fewer than 200 employees - rolled its first, single-engine rocket onto a launch pad at Kwajalein Atoll. After a groundbreaking launch from the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the Falcon 1 rocket designed by Elon Musk’s engineers rose in the air for approximately 30 seconds. Then, its engine flamed out, and the rocket crashed back into the ocean. 

    In 2007, SpaceX undertook a second launch. This time, the rocket rose far into space, but just before reaching orbit it spun out of control. Confident of success in 2008, Musk and his team launched their third rocket with several paying customers. The first stage executed perfectly, but instead of falling away, it thudded into the second stage. Another failure. Elon Musk had only budgeted for three attempts when he founded SpaceX. 

    Out of money and with a single Falcon 1 rocket left in its factory, SpaceX decided to try one last, dramatic launch. Over eight weeks, engineers worked furiously to prepare this final rocket. The fate of Musk’s venture mirrored the trajectory of this slender, single-engine rocket aimed toward the skies. If it crashed and burned, so would SpaceX. In September 2008, SpaceX’s last chance for success lifted off...and accelerated like a dream, soaring into orbit flawlessly. 

    That success would launch a miraculous decade for the company, in which SpaceX grew from building a single-engine rocket to one with a staggering 27 engines; created two different spacecraft, and mastered reusable-rocket descents using mobile drone ships on the open seas. It marked a level of production and achievement that has not been seen since the space race of the 1960s. 

    But these achievements would not have been possible without SpaceX’s first four flight tests. Drawing on unparalleled access and exclusive interviews with dozens of former and current employees - engineers, designers, mechanics, and executives, including Elon Musk - Eric Berger tells the complete story of this foundational generation that transformed SpaceX into the world’s leading space company. 

    Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. 

    PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.  

    ©2021 Eric Berger (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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    a great story of success - greatly told.

    The story of spaceX is a great, inspiring adventure - masterfully told here by space emthusiast Eric Berger. Worth every cent - and more then one "read". Thanks!

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    Outstanding in every sense that counts

    This was simply great. It is a wild ride and just amazing, that it is all true and not just a science fiction story.

    On top of that the reader is an amazing fit.

    I wholeheartedly recommend to listen to this book!

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    Lift off (of Falcon 1)?

    ...may be the better name. I loved the detailled report of the dev and prep of the Falcon 1. But maybe there should have been another book of the ongoing story then. It was just a wrap up of the following years after launch 4 which I would liked to hear in detail as well. Please try to gather detailled information about Falcon 9, Starlink, Starship and put them in a book. As much as I loved the first 2/3 as much I was disappointed about the quick ending.