Monday, April 07, 2008

Video: Did Benson Space Go Kaputt? Authentic NASA Toys and Replicas
(Hat Tip: Personal Spaceflight)

It looks as if one of the three "major" competitors for the suborbital flights has recently disappeared--at least from cyberspace.

Benson Space, who was pursuing development of the Dream Chaser seems to have either allowed its domain to fall into the hands of Rockets Away! Media (which is a good thing compared to a spammer) or has decided to currently lay down its pursuit of a suborbital vehicle, even after redesigning the shuttle craft (hat tip: RLV Transport News).

While the Dream Chaser continues to live on in its original form over at SpaceDev, the disappearance of its younger sibling Benson Space Company may not be an encouraging sign to investors looking into the space industry.

(Video: Dream Chaser (first design) promo demonstrating how the shuttle would ferry tourists from Earth to space. Redesign of craft can be seen in video format over here).

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