I grew up as a "rocket boy" in a small Kentucky town in the 1950s. While launching backyard missiles and conducting explosive experiments in the basement, I devoured science fiction and wondered if personal space travel would ever be possible. And if so, what would it be like? Now, 50 years later, after several careers in space and technology, I believe those dreams are within reach. As an aerospace professional and former NASA executive, I have encountered many concepts for private ...

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