Starring role

Firth, Niall
June 2005
Engineer (00137758);6/13/2005, Vol. 293 Issue 7677, p34
Focuses on the accomplishments of SpaceDev, a private space technology founded by computer entrepreneur Jim Benson, in California. Company background; Role of the firm in the success of SpaceShipOne, the first private spacecraft to reach low orbit; Aerospace contracts awarded to the company by various U.S. government agencies; Goal of Benson to create sustainable human settlements in orbit.


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