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How to Make a Spaceship! (without NASA)

The Commonwealth Club

Monday, October 24, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT)

How to Make a Spaceship! (without NASA)

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
General Admission: Nonmember   more info Nov 3, 2016 $20.00 $2.09
General Admission: Member Nov 3, 2016 $12.00 $0.00
Premium: Nonmember   more info Nov 3, 2017 $50.00 $3.74
Premium: Member   more info Nov 3, 2017 $40.00 $3.19
Student   more info Nov 3, 2017 $7.00 $1.38

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Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson said of Guthrie’s book: “This tells of a turning point in history, when entrepreneurs were offered the chance to do something only governments had done before. Whether you are 9 years old or 99, this inspiring tale will capture your imagination.”

Come and meet the band of renegades who launched the private race to space, and the scrappy engineers and pilots who set about to win the $10 million prize offered to the first team that could build and fly a rocket to the start of space without the government's help. This is the entrepreneurial adventure story of Peter Diamandis, the XPRIZE, SpaceShipOne, and the other teams in the hunt. The winning of the XPRIZE wasn’t just a victory for one team; it was the foundation for a new industry and a new age – SpaceX; Blue Origin; Virgin Galactic. It is about dreamers and doers, and making the impossible possible.

 Guests include:

Julian Guthrie, journalist/author, How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight

Mike Melvill, the world's first commercial astronaut

Matt Stinemetze, engineer/project manager, Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne

Erik Lindbergh, grandson of aviators Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh; supporter of this private race to space


Brian Hackney, electrical engineer and meteorologist, KPIX-TV CBS San Francisco - Moderator


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555 Post St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Monday, October 24, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT)

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