Eric Berger




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In 2002, in a warehouse in the Californian town of El Segundo, an aerospace company was founded with just a few employees: they called it SpaceX, the company whose name is synonymous with the revolutionising of the entire world aerospace industry. At the head of SpaceX is Elon Musk, a true innovator, who leads his team with a mix of charisma, vision and extraordinary engineering knowledge. Liftoff is a tale written by Eric Berger about the early years of SpaceX: from before its foundation to its very first, decisive moments of success, with many interesting developments to discover in between. From the skills of SpaceX's talented engineers to their first arrival on Omelek island, from the massive disappointment of their initial failures to the enormous pride of being the first completely private company to launch a rocket into space.

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Analysis and key concepts


A visionary dream that led to the foundation of SpaceX


2002: the foundation of SpaceX, the beginning of something great


Elon Musk’s leadership style: talk is not enough, and don’t be afraid to fail


From Texas to Kwaj, the place where the history of SpaceX came to life


The first two launches of Falcon 1: orbit seemed closer and closer


Third and fourth launch: from total failure to success, thanks to hard work and a strong team


SpaceX: the private company with the ability to revolutionise the aerospace industry




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Based in Houston, Texas, Eric Berger is a writer, and senior editor for the Space section of the online magazine Ars Tecnica, owned by Condé Nast Digital. He writes articles on the aerospace industry, NASA activities, astronomy, and other related topics. Previously, he worked for the Houston Chronicle, making it to the finals of the Pulizer Prize selection with an article he wrote on Hurricane Ike. With a BA in Astronomy from the University of Texas and a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri, Berger founded Space City Weather, and is a licensed meteorologist.

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William Morrow & Co