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Space 2.0

How Private Spaceflight, a Resurgent NASA, and International Partners are Creating a New Space Age
Narrated by: Jack de Golia
Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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No longer the exclusive domain of government entities such as NASA and other national agencies, space exploration is rapidly becoming privatized, with entrepreneurial startups building huge rocket boosters, satellites, rocket engines, asteroid probes, prospecting craft, and even commercial lunar cargo landers to open this new frontier. Research into ever more sophisticated propulsion and life support systems will soon enable the journey to Mars and destinations deeper in our solar system. As these technologies continue to move forward, there are virtually no limits to human spaceflight and robotic exploration.  

While the world has waited since the Apollo lunar program for the next "giant leap," these critical innovations, most of which are within our grasp with today's technology, will change the way we live, both in space and on Earth. A new space age-and with it, a new age of peace and prosperity on Earth, and settlement beyond our planet-can be ours.  

Speaking with key leaders of the latest space programs and innovations, Rod Pyle shares the excitement and promise of this new era of exploration and economic development. From NASA and the Russian space agency Roscosmos, to emerging leaders in the private sector, Space 2.0 examines the new partnerships that are revolutionizing spaceflight and changing the way we reach for the stars.

©2019 Rod Pyle (P)2019 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Basically a really long Wikipedia entry

This was barely more informative than 10 minutes on Wikipedia. Tots basically a cliffs notes of the space industry today without any central thesis or argument or anything other than a cursory summary that doesn't contain any information that someone who casually follows SpaceX wouldn't already know.

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Excellent, Well-Organized Overview of "NewSpace"

I work in the space industry, and therefore listen to a lot of audio books on space. What I thought Rod did best with this book is to synthesize a ton of material - there is a lot happening in space these days - and make it easy to understand. It was really well organized and flowed well. If you're just trying to find out what's happening in space these days, this is the perfect book for you. It doesn't go into great depth, so if you're looking for something technical on a particular subject of space like propulsion or communication, this isn't that kind of book.

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Fascinating book, good narrator

I enjoyed this book and its interesting and detailed take on the evolution of humanity in space. It gave me insight into some aspects I hadn't considered before. If you're interested in next human steps in space, this is a must read.

One thing that was very annoying in an audio book was the narrator reading what is essentially a reference section. For 20+ minutes, the narrator painfully read a list of organizations, a brief description, and then the physical address, phone number, e-mail address, and web address (each twice). I kept skipping, but it went on, and on, and on. I would have just liked to hear a short description of each group. I can google them from there. I really can't see anyone wanting to listen to all that and then having a pen and paper handy to write down the addresses. A reference like that can be useful in a physical book, but is useless and annoying in an audiobook.

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A bright future is dawning...

In Space 2.0, noted Space author/journalist, speaker and Historian Rod Pyle lays out the past, present and potentially bright future of human presence in space. Presented in grounded, global and logical detail, the author discusses the current technical issues to be tackled and solved, world economic considerations, different possibilities and pathways and all in an enthusiastic and enjoyable to listen to writing style. This is a perfect primer and reference for just what Humankind can aspire to in leaving our Earthly cradle and finding our place among the stars. Highly recommended listening.