Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Brian Emmett, the software consultant who gave up the free suborbital spaceflight with Virgin Galactic he won from Oracle Corp. (valued at $138,000) is still making headlines, with a little help from Benson Space Co. founder, Jim Benson.
Granted the SpaceDev Dream Chaser is a real concept, with an impressive heritage of success,it is also true that at this time no hardware has been displayed, much less tested. Suborbital flights are not scheduled until late 2008, and no commercial flights until 2010, but the lack of an actual craft for shake-out means anything could happen between now and then; multiple delays are nearly guaranteed.
However, credit Benson with keeping the company name in the news, by offering Emmett a job and a free ticket to ride one of the first flights, provided he write about his experiences during testing and training.
Benson, with 30 years experience as a successful technology entrepreneur, knows his way around the business of making money, so leave it to him to take advantage of good PR...
Posted by Jerry Battiste at 10:51 PM