ABOUT The Book – Now Shipping!

The books are now ‘flying’ out the door – or at least as fast as I can make it happen. The cost for US residents is $43.00/book = $38/book and $5.00/book shipping. Overseas pricing, I regret, are through the roof, due to shipping costs. At the book’s weight of 4.5 lbs, USPS is competitive with all the other carriers. It works out to be $40 to Canada / $60-65 in the EU and $70+ to Australia. As if that weren’t bad enough, some countries are putting restrictions or delays on shipped material due to the ongoing C-19 mess.

So in round numbers, that makes an overseas, book come in at ~ $100. Some will accept the cost, others will not. Refunds will be provided to anyone that wants to bail out. However, I have decided to limit the printing to just 500 books, so once they’re sold, I’m not planning on any future ones. $100 for a Limited Edition book of high quality, look, and feel, that’s been getting rather pleasant reviews. Still, a reasonable price as a Christmas gift to your budding space ship fan. Just a reminder, I’m not making any money from these sales.

Brian talks about his new book:

The Magic and Menace of SpaceShipOne is a new book about the incredible civilian spaceflight program orchestrated by the indomitable Burt Rutan over a scant three years, 2001 to 2004. This was the effort that led to Virgin Galactic’s plan to put paying tourists into space. It was the leading news story of 2004, providing a welcome respite from bleak events around the world.

I enjoyed the unique perspective of being Burt’s program manager, his rocket motor test director, and one of his test pilots. Coupled with the additional insights provided by also being Burt’s long-time golf partner, I offer an entirely unique viewpoint, with details not previously addressed, as suggested by the book’s title.

A heartfelt, honest and powerful look at the charismatic aeronautical genius Burt Rutan and his small aerospace company’s quest to win the $10 million XPRIZE.

Mark “Forger“ Stuckey, SpaceShipTwo test pilot and astronaut

About 420 pages include more than 200 color photos, charts, and diagrams, many not previously published. While more technically inclined readers will appreciate the additional tables and notes, as well as sidebars on the intricacies of experimental spaceship testing, I’ve separated these out from the main text to make the book a fun and easy read for those more interested in the human drama and excitement.

MMSSO cover

Book Preview

Interested and would like to know more? The link below will take you to a summary of the book’s chapters, and the full text of the Foreword, Chapter 1, and Chapter 2.

Publication & Pricing

While I chose to publish this myself, be assured it’s a quality effort — a hardback of high-quality paper and binding. With the books in hand, I am very pleased with the results.

For simplicity, I have closed the pre-order phase and you can now just order the book at the above-mentioned pricing: $43.00/book CONUS and between $75-$100 Overseas The link below and others on the site will take you to the ordering page. Credit cards and PayPal accepted.

An epic tale on par with the adventures of Lindbergh and Yeager. Brian Binnie tells the behind-the-scenes story of SpaceShipOne, its pursuit of the $10 million XPRIZE and its extraordinary success that launched the private spaceflight revolution.

Peter H. Diamandis, Founder & Exec. Chairman, XPRIZE

Limited Print Edition

500 books

Since I’m not much motivated to be in the marketing and sales side of this business, I’ve decided to limit the publication to 500 books and they will be numbered according to when ordered. There are not a whole lot remaining, so if you think this might make a good Christmas present, now is the time to order!

All pre-order copies and subsequent will be hand-signed. There is also a block for comments. So, if you’d like the book personalized, please provide the name you desire and any special message, say for a family member or friend. If you have preordered with a $25.00 deposit please make arrangements to provide the difference. I will not be delaying shipment waiting for final payments.

As SpaceShipTwo draws ever nearer to its goal of delivering the first commercial space flights, I think you’ll find this book an exciting account of its development and the promises it will bring.


I have decided to keep things simple, and all 500 orders will receive (on final payment):

  • Three signed lithographs
  • A photo of SS1 in the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum
  • A signed SpaceShipOne postcard that went to space on Oct 4th, 2004, and was postmarked that same day.

Future Editions

None planned. The Hardback Book will reman a ‘Limited Edition’ and are numbered 1 thru 500. Eventually, a softback version and E-Book, will be made available via everyone’s friend: Mr. Amazon.