ABOUT The Book!

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

Over 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 the finest paper and binding.

I invite you to pre-order the book, and I’m offering special incentives to encourage that — see below. Pricing will be set to cover my costs — that is, I’m not looking for any profit from this project — and depends on the number of books printed. It should be between $30 and $50, including shipping. So for pre-orders, I am asking for $25 upfront, with the remainder due prior to delivery. 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

All pre-order copies 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.

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.

Special Bonus for Pre-Orders!

The first 100 pre-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.

The next 400 will receive a signed lithograph and signed postcard that went to space and was postmarked on the date of the final flight.

The next 500 will receive a signed, postmarked card that traveled to space on the final flight of SS1.

Copies purchased after the pre-order period may or may not include any of these bonus items… so order now!