Monday, January 15, 2007

Just finished The Rocket Companyby Patrick J. G. Stiennon & David M. Hoerr. This is an odd book, neither fish nor fowl. It's not a non-fiction book since it has fictionalized events and characters but it's not really a novel either. What it really is is a long case study like on would get in business school. It lays out, with quite a bit of technical and financial detail, how a company could reduce the cost of delivering goods to orbit by creating a new, fully re-usable orbital vehicle. I don't have the necessary background to judge the technical content but the financial details seem fairly realistic.

If you're interested in the details that might drive the future of the private space industry, this is an interesting book. But if you don't like reading technical writing, you should probably skip this one.

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