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  SPACE.com -- SpaceDev to Build Piloted Spaceship
The aerospace firm SpaceDev cast its hat into the ring of private human spaceflight today, announcing its plans to build a reuseable spacecraft that may one day carry passengers into orbit.
SpaceDev is currently looking into a number of X-plane designs pioneered by NASA engineers, though the agency's X-34 space plane concept shows promise, Benson said.
SpaceDev is no stranger to private spaceflight enterprises, having provided crucial components and refueling services for the hybrid rocket engine used by
www.space.com /businesstechnology/spacedev_dreamchaser_040920.html   (587 words)

  SpaceDev - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
SpaceDev is an innovative publicly traded space development company in the aerospace industry, now most prominent for its spaceflight and microsatellite work.
SpaceDev was founded in 1997 by Jim Benson, who acquired Integrated Space Systems of Southern California and merged it with a defunct publicly-traded corporate shell to create the publicly-traded SpaceDev.
SpaceDev has most or all of the moving parts on Mars at this time, had mechanisms on Deep Impact, is supplying the separation system and docking mechanism for the soon to be launched Orbital Express, and has mechanisms on the way to Pluto.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/SpaceDev   (646 words)

 SpaceDev And Starsys Sign Merger Agreement
SpaceDev, with approximately 50 employees, designs, manufactures, markets, and operates sophisticated micro- and nano-satellites, along with hybrid rocket propulsion systems for potential sub-orbital and orbital launch and transport systems, including prospective missions for cargo and safe human space flight.
SpaceDev is a leader in developing satellite and hybrid propulsion technology that is safe, low-cost and can be developed and deployed rapidly.
SpaceDev will pay approximately $9 million, which is broken down into $1.5 million in cash and $7.5 million SpaceDev common stock at the effective time of the merger, subject to adjustment as provided in the merger agreement.
www.aerospaceonline.com /content/news/article.asp?docid={EEFBEBC5-48C1-4895-A9D5-66B7C0E24EF3}   (825 words)

 SpaceDev Hybrid Rocket Propulsion - Product of the Month November 2003   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
SpaceDev bases its hybrid propulsion technology on the research carried out by the long defunct American Rocket Company (AMROC) which designed a wide range of hybrid motors and hot tested hundreds of different configurations.
SpaceDev has taken the technology further and has won funding from the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and the California Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency for the development of hybrid motors for a scalable family of orbital Maneuvering and Transfer Vehicles (MTVs).
SpaceDev's prefered fuels are HTPB (rubber) and PMMA (plexiglas) with nitrous oxide as an oxidiser.
www.satelliteonthenet.co.uk /features/product1103.html   (341 words)

 RedOrbit - Space - SpaceDev Delivers Rocket Motors for X-Prize Attempt No ''Laughing'' Matter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
SpaceDev (OTCBB: SPDV) after recently completing work on a full duration, maximum energy, ground test firing of a more powerful version of the rocket motors destined for SpaceShipOne, SpaceDev has assembled and shipped the rocket motors that will be used for the upcoming historic attempt by SpaceShipOne to win the $10 million Ansari X-Prize.
SpaceDev is working on various propulsion projects, including SpaceShipOne, the SpaceDev Streaker(TM) family of small expendable unmanned launch vehicles for small satellites, SpaceDev's proposed reusable manned space ship, and a scalable space tug, all being worked on under various private sector and government contracts.
SpaceDev, using government projects, internal funding, and capital from the Laurus Master Funds of New York, is developing what SpaceDev believes is a practical concept for safe, affordable, fully integrated manned space flight systems for both sub-orbital and orbital applications.
www.redorbit.com /news/display?id=85875   (1035 words)

SpaceDev is seeking a senior Spacecraft Systems Engineer specialist to lead the development of our small satellite systems.
SpaceDev is looking for individuals eager to play a path-finding role in the dawning age of commercial space.
SpaceDev is a public company that offers generous stock options and other incentives to team members with a "can-do" attitude who are willing to work hard to make a difference and to be rewarded for their success.
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 A Match Made in Heaven? [Fool.com: Commentary] January 3, 2006
SpaceDev earned some laurels during the summer of 2004, when its hybrid motor (fueled by a mixture of laughing gas and rubber) propelled SpaceShipOne to win the $10 million Ansari X Prize as the first nongovernmental-crewed vehicle to reach space, land, and then return to the heavens within 14 days.
SpaceDev shareholders are hoping that the synergies between these two organizations will be nothing short of stellar, as the total potential effect is a dilution of about 50% of the pre-deal share count.
SpaceDev CEO Jim Benson, whose motivation impressed Tim Beyers last February, has succeeded in the challenging task of making a small space company profitable.
www.fool.com /news/commentary/2006/commentary06010309.htm   (1087 words)

 Private firm outlines low-cost moon plan - Space.com - MSNBC.com
SpaceDev announced the results of its International Lunar Observatories Human Servicing Mission study last week at a meeting conducted by Lunar Enterprise Corp., or LEC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Space Age Publishing Co. of Hawaii’s Island, Hawaii, and Palo Alto, Calif. The study was funded by LEC.
According to SpaceDev's chief, Jim Benson, the private group has found that a more comprehensive series of missions could be completed in a fraction of the time and for one-tenth the cost of the NASA program.
The SpaceDev study explored a range of technologies that would be needed: hardware that exists now, hardware that is currently under development, and proposed technology that NASA or other nations could spearhead, or might be developed by the private sector in time to be incorporated into lunar operations.
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 Rockets Away! - SpaceDev: Pioneers of Private Spaceflight
In many ways, SpaceDev is probably one of the earliest prototypes of this kind of public company, which allows a small investor to reap some of the benefits of this emerging industry in these historic early days.
SpaceDev is the only company, that we are aware of, that has a functioning hybrid propulsion rocket motor to power people to space safely.
As for SpaceDev, if we continue to maintain our current track record of successfully completing every project, we are confident that we will obtain a broader range of projects as a result of that track record.
www.rocketsaway.net /ezine/2005/Issue_4.htm   (6210 words)

 SpaceDev Tests Rocket Motor for Powered Spaceshipone Flight   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
SpaceDev successfully test fired a motor with its proprietary propellant equal to about one-half the total capacity of the motor.
SpaceDev also performed a full flow oxidizer test through its proprietary main valve, during a recent glide test of SpaceShipOne, in further preparation of the first powered flight.
Actually SpaceDev bought the patents on this hybrid engine from Ameroc, who developed and tested full up engines back in the 1980s before the untimely death of it's founder in a auto wreck driving back from an engine test at their central California test facility.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-news/1038475/posts   (807 words)

 Rocket Fuel Encyclopedia @ LaunchBase.net (Launch Base)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Scaled Composites SpaceShipOne, the first private manned spacecraft, is powered by a hybrid rocket burning HTPB with nitrous oxide.
SpaceDev partially based its motors on experimental data collected from the testing of AMROC's (American Rocket Company) motors at NASA's Stennis Space Center's E1 test stand.
SpaceDev purchased AMROCs assets after the company was shut down for lack of funding.
www.launchbase.net /encyclopedia/Rocket_fuel   (2204 words)

 SpaceDev Conquers the Universe!
SpaceDev, the California-based company started just a few years ago by entrepreneur Jim Benson, intends to bust that country club wide open.
NEAP remains a high priority with SpaceDev and we are working on an increasing number of commercial possibilities to get it flown.
For less than $5 million, SpaceDev is designing the mission, designing, building, testing, integrating the satellite, and we will be operating it for a year in our own Mission Control Center.
www.scifidimensions.com /May00/real_tech_spacedev.htm   (1482 words)

 Wired News: SpaceDev Stakes Claim to History, Space   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
In addition, SpaceDev hopes to help NASA cut its costs by nudging the agency away from operating missions on a day-to-day basis and toward focusing efforts on research and development for advanced technology.
To Benson, SpaceDev and companies like it are on the threshold of a new era in aerospace, in which commercialization will fuel a growth in technologies and companies in much the same way the advent of the PC breathed new life into the computer industry.
In the case of SpaceDev, students at the various universities have the task of designing NEAP from the lander vehicle to the launch craft, as well as blocking out the different phases of the mission.
www.wired.com /news/business/0,1367,6754,00.html   (1009 words)

 11.03.99 - UC Berkeley awards commercial contract for CHIPS space mission to SpaceDev of Poway, Calif.
BERKELEY-- SpaceDev, Inc., the world's first commercial space exploration and development company, announced Nov. 2 that it has been selected by the Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) at the University of California, Berkeley, to design, build, integrate, test and operate a microspacecraft that will conduct a one-year astronomy mission in low Earth orbit.
Established in 1997, SpaceDev (www.spacedev.com) is the world's first commercial space exploration and development company.
SpaceDev's corporate offices, its wholly owned subsidiary Integrated Space Systems (ISS) and the company's Space Missions Division are located in Poway, CA.
www.berkeley.edu /news/media/releases/99legacy/11-03-1999.html   (860 words)

 000613: SpaceDev Acquires Hybrid Rocket Technology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
If SpaceDev is successful in developing a commercial market for the hybrid rocket technology, it will have the rights to purchase the technology over the next five years in exchange for discounted warrants for the purchase of SpaceDev common stock.
If SpaceDev is not successful in developing a commercial market for the technology, the company will return the technology and have no further obligation for the issuance of additional warrants.
SpaceDev is offering for sale rides for scientific instruments to governments and companies to transport their instruments and experiments through deep space to a near Earth asteroid.
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 Spaceflight Now | Breaking News | SpaceDev wins small launch vehicle contract
The SpaceDev Streaker(TM) SLV concept is based on a proprietary combination of technologies to increase the performance of hybrid rocket motor technology.
SpaceDev has developed small hybrid rocket motor technology for the National Reconnaissance Office, is working on a Shuttle and EELV compatible intelligent "space tug" based on hybrid technology, for the Air Force, and continues developing its larger hybrid motor in competition for Burt Rutan's historic private manned space program, SpaceShipOne.
SpaceDev products and solutions include the design, manufacture, marketing and operation of sophisticated micro- and nano- satellites, hybrid rocket-based orbital Maneuvering and orbital Transfer Vehicles (MTVs) as well as safe sub-orbital and orbital hybrid rocket-based propulsion systems.
www.spaceflightnow.com /news/n0307/20spacedev   (417 words)

 SpaceDev Announces Space Program
SpaceDev, a California company that has provided components to Scaled Composites' SpaceShipOne, has started its own project to develop a reusable, piloted, suborbital spaceship.
SpaceDev is not aiming for the X Prize, but says it is looking at a long-term program that could be scaled up to transport passengers to and from low earth orbit, including the International Space Station.
SpaceDev said its hybrid rocket motors are nontoxic and do not detonate like solid or liquid rocket motors.
www.avweb.com /newswire/10_39b/briefs/188203-1.html   (297 words)

 spacetoday.net: SpaceDev announces suborbital vehicle plans
SpaceDev, the company providing the propulsion system for the leading X Prize competitor, announced Monday that it planned to pursue development of its own manned suborbital vehicle.
SpaceDev didn’t indicate when the vehicle would fly other than the "near future"; a scaled-up version capable of placing people into orbit could be ready by the end of the decade.
SpaceDev also announced that it has signed a Space Act memorandum of understanding with NASA Ames Research Center to study hypersonic testbeds for hybrid propulsion; that would could also be used for Dream Chaser.
www.spacetoday.net /Summary/2561   (244 words)

 eBay View About Me for spacedev
SpaceDev is currently under various contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense to design three more microsatellites, to design and build a Shuttle-compatible “space tug” for moving small payloads to higher orbits, and to develop a small launch vehicle (the SpaceDev Streaker™) using SpaceDev’s proprietary hybrid rocket motor propulsion systems.
This September, SpaceDev was selected to provide critical components for the hybrid rocket motor for a manned SpaceShip, a challenger for the $10 million X-Prize (www.xprize.org).
SpaceDev is bringing the "microcomputer way of thinking" to the space industry which has been bogged down for decades in the old bigger is better "mainframe way of thinking." SpaceDev is truly transformational.
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 SignOnSanDiego.com > News > Business -- Countdown begins
SpaceDev founder Jim Benson signed the nozzle of a rocket engine the Poway company is supplying for SpaceShipOne, a privately funded spacecraft scheduled for launch in Mojave next week.
With the countdown at T-minus five days and counting, SpaceDev founder Jim Benson says his small Poway company is ready to usher in a new era in space exploration.
SpaceDev hasn't yet reported a profit, but the company showed a positive cash flow for the quarter ended in June.
www.signonsandiego.com /news/business/20040924-9999-1b24spacedev.html   (1038 words)

 RedOrbit NEWS | SpaceDev Announces Streaker Launch Vehicle   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
SpaceDev is excited to be an important team member of Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne project, and to have participated in the unveiling of this historic program on Friday, April 18, 2003.
SpaceDev is designing and building a highly innovative and unique Shuttle and EELV secondary compatible hybrid-based orbital Maneuvering and orbital Transfer Vehicle™ (MTV) under a contract with the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL).
This SpaceDev space tug for AFRL will be capable of raising or lowering a small payload by hundreds of miles, while SpaceDev MTVs will be capable of raising and lowering payloads by thousands of miles.
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 North County Times - North San Diego and Southwest Riverside County News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
SpaceDev Chief Financial Officer Richard Slansky is reflected in a panel of this model of the Deep Space Explorer developed by the Poway company.
SpaceDev frequently uses the words "small" and "inexpensive" to describe its overarching goal of private space flight, in contrast to costly government-run space flights.
SpaceDev announced at the beginning of the year that it had finished the first phase of its work on the lunar lander.
www.nctimes.com /articles/2004/07/22/special_reports/science_technology/14_07_067_21_04.txt   (596 words)

 Newsletter Jan 2005
SpaceDev founding chairman and chief executive officer, Jim Benson, praised the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act passed by the Senate on December 9, 2004 and urges President Bush to sign it into law.
In late October 2004, SpaceDev was awarded the second task order on its existing $43 million contract with the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), to design and develop up to six responsive, affordable high-performance networked micro-satellites to support national missile defense.
SpaceDev, a provider of several critical components and technology for the craft’s motor, including igniter, injector and main operating valve, successfully performed as expected and powered SpaceShipOne on the historic manned flight.
www.spacedev.com /newsite/templates/subpage_article.php?pid=503&subNav=11&subSel=4   (1130 words)

 Personal Spaceflight » SpaceDev
SpaceDev founder James Benson had plowed through the majority of his presentation on space tourism opportunities when the cackling broke out.
Scott Tibbitts, founder of Starsys, the company acquired by SpaceDev earlier this year, did have an interesting comment on the “blunt-nosed, small-airplane-on-steroids” Dream Chaser design, which is distinct from the capsule-based designs the other five finalists for COTS have reportedly proposed.
SpaceDev is reportedly planning an event Wednesday to “unveil” its proposed orbital space plane, Dream Chaser, as part of its effort to win a COTS contract from NASA.
www.personalspaceflight.info /category/business/spacedev   (1337 words)

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