Space is only 62 miles away so why is it so hard to get there? This book tackles the problem from a spaceship designer's point of view. You don't need a science background as the forces and energies rocket scientists deal with are clearly explained with easy-to-follow diagrams. You'll find out how a rocket gets the power to overcome gravity and drag. You'll learn how to steer and stay alive in Space and various ways to design your spacecraft so it gets you back safely. Illustrations include innovative space vehicles such as Virgin Galactic's Spaceship Two. To get you started with building and flying rockets, there is a step-by-step guide to launching a scale model using Estes rocket motors. This is actually two books in one. If you want to go further there are three advanced chapters of in-depth rocket science, including a practical guide to testing hybrid rocket engines. This book is for anyone developing an interest in rocketry whether they are aged 14 or 40!