Beyond the Blue: The Ultimate Insider's Guide to the XPRIZE Revolution

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Kindred Spirit Press, Incorporated, Jul 28, 2014
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To Aviation Journalist and experienced Test Pilot, Jim Campbell, a bird's eye view to adventure was a major part of his life... but little did he know that a chance meeting with revolutionary innovator, XPRIZE Founder Dr. Peter H Diamandis, would not only offer him some extraordinary sights, sounds and vistas, but challenge him personally and professionally to share the inspiring story of the extraordinary people and events that surrounded him. In the upcoming 180 page, lavishly illustrated, four color photo-book documenting this amazing experience, Campbell's "Beyond The Blue," provides unparalleled access to one of the most extraordinary periods in man's quest to reach for and beyond the stars. "I am so proud of this book. It is an incredible telling of the Ansari XPRIZE story and the journey to creating this breakthrough competition," said Dr. Diamandis. "This book will hopefully allow more people to understand the impact this competition had on the space travel industry." As a pivotal member of the massive XPRIZE team and community, Campbell's insider access and ever-present Canon cameras allowed him to catalog thousands of images, witness hundreds of incredible stories, and meet the kind of people who could not only change the world, but were well on the way to doing so. The summer of 2014 marks the beginning of a celebration of the pivotal first decade of innovation and world-changing activism on the part of the XPRIZE community. From the momentous June 21st, 2004 sub-orbital proving flight of Mike Melvill in the Burt Rutan-designed SpaceShipOne, to the actual spaceflights that won the 10 million dollar Ansari XPRIZE on to the earliest test flights of the Zero-Gravity Corporation and the Rocket Racing League and the heady, lofty days of the XPRIZE Cup, the start of the Google Lunar XPRIZE and the emotional journey of Professor Steven Hawking into the realm of weightless flight, 'Beyond The Blue' lays it all out with the kind of visual impact that is second only to having been there one's self.

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