Book & DVD. From the Space Shuttle, to Soyuz, to Spaceship One, riding the explosion at the bottom of a rocket has historically been the only path to space. Is there ather way? Floating to Space in an overview of the new techlogy of space-bound airships. What, the Goodyear blimp goes to Mars? Yes! The techlogy called ATO, Airship to Orbit is being developed right w. Hypersonic airships and cities floating at the edge of space are all part of this seemingly impossible idea. Beyond describing the concept, this book shows the amazing adventure of those who are building these giant craft and throwing them into the sky. Not just a fantasy, this book shows photographs and details from the nearly one hundred development flights conducted so far...Included are descriptions of the environment where these craft fly to the edge of space. New findings such as life twenty miles up and mile high plasma volcaes are introduced for the first time outside of scientific journals. This book shows you how ATO is to be accomplished from a project and ecomic prospective. It also details the progress so far and lays out a blueprint of what is to come. Includes a DVD of remarkable footage taken during the many test flights of JP Aerospace's unique experiments floating to space.
John M. Powell is the president of JP Aerospace and the recipient of the 2006 Benjamin Franklin Award. An expert in low-cost rocket and airship design and flight, his many flights have been reported in Popular Mechanics, Space News, and on CNN. An ABC news series on JP Aerospace was the winner of a television Emmy Award. He lives in Rancho Cordova, California.