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How one company is making space pay

Published by Robin on Mon Aug 29, 2005 6:41 pm
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SpaceDev’s Jim Benson on the ‘killer apps’ that lie beyond Earth
By Alan Boyle
Science editor, MSNBC
Updated: 5:55 p.m. ET Aug. 25, 2005

Jim Benson has a plan for colonizing space.

To be sure, building self-sustaining settlements on other planets isn’t the first item on the to-do list he sketched out five years ago, as the founder of one of the space industry’s scrappiest publicly traded companies. In fact, SpaceDev’s 60-year-old chairman and chief executive officer stands to be in his 70s or 80s by the time he gets to that part of his technology roadmap.

But he does have a plan — and so far, the plan is right on schedule, thanks to projects ranging from low-cost, high-performance microsatellites to the historic SpaceShipOne suborbital flights and even more ambitious orbital dreams.

Story continues at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9073822/

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