Michael Belfiore began his career writing about the new space age in 2004, when he covered the launch of the first privately built spaceship for the New York Post. Since then he has written about the private space industry for Reuters, Wired News, and other outlets, including Popular Science, for which he has written numerous feature articles. His blog Dispatches from the Final Frontier has become a highly regarded source of news about the industry. He became a full-time writer in 1995, first working as a freelance technical writer explaining complex technical subjects to lay people, and then moving into the business world as a public relations writer for large corporations, still with a focus on technology. He has also written scores of biographical encyclopedia entries on astronauts, business people, politicians, and other newsmakers for half a dozen reference publications from The Gale Group. His book Life Aboard a Space Station, published by Lucent Books in 2004, describes the experience of living and working in space for young readers. His earlier was also discussed on The Space Show book, "Rocketeers: How a Visionary Band of Business Leaders, Engineers, and Pilots is Boldly Privatizing Space." His newest book is titled "The Department of Mad Scientists: How DARPA is Remaking Our World, from the Internet to Artificial Limbs."