This book, recommended by a fellow space-loving friend, was an absolutely amazing read about commercial space. Christian Davenport is a wonderful writer – he was able to capture all the beautiful historical events of the advent of commercial space in such a captivating manner. Needless to say, this is my favorite book by far.
The Space Barons details how commercial space came to be what it is now. The book focuses on SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic, highlighting how all of these private space companies came to be in the face of the government and NASA. This book shows the persistence that had to be endured to overcome the “old” way of building rockets and how these companies pushed their way into the space industry.
In the past, NASA has spent billions of dollars building rockets, but SpaceX and Blue Origin were there to completely change the game with reusable and affordable rockets. Even in the face of adversity, Elon Musk pushed and shoved and completely changed the industry, paving the way for space startups to have a chance against the old contractors.
If you’re looking to learn more about the commercial space industry in general, this is the book for you. Davenport includes so many spectacular details that will leave you trembling in excitement – as it did me! I have to admit, many times throughout the book the hairs on my arm stood on end.
Please please give it a read! Especially if you are interested in space. I promise you, you won’t be disappointed.