Thursday, September 28, 2006

The Benson Space Company

The Founder of SpaceDev has launched a new company, and has stepped down from his position at SpaceDev. The new company will buy spaceships from SpaceDev in an arrangement that appears similar to that of Virgin Galactic, which buys spaceships from The Spaceship Company. This is good for SpaceDev because the risk has been pushed to a new private venture, where people like Buzz Aldrin can become major stakeholders. Since Virgin Galactic has stated that it's not limited to using only Burt Rutan's spaceships, this opens the possibility of SpaceDev selling vehicles to them as well. Benson's new company can provide a proof of concept to pave the way for new customers of SpaceDev. My only question is: who's funding it? I'll post here as soon as I find out.


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