In 2004, Dan Linehan attended the launch of SpaceShipOne when it captured the Ansari X Prize. A senior science editor for educational publishing companies, he has a background in physics and engineering, and has written numerous articles about aviation and space. Linehan was the editor and principle feature writer for the California International Airshow’s event program from 2003 to 2005. During 2006 and 2007, he spent two months studying wildlife and environmental concerns in Antarctica and its surrounds. Dan lives in Monterey, California.
"The book is filled with hundreds of rare photos, charts, and details that I have not seen in a single source before and includes numerous comments taken from interviews with all the key players. It is a remarkable book that covers this achievement in remarkable detail and should be considered a primary reference for anyone doing research on commercial space. Dan Linehan should be commended for an amazing program summary, the likes of which belongs in any library focused on commercial spaceflight. When students and historian look back at this program, this is the book, the one book, they need to refer to." - Quest: The History of Spaceflight newsletter