Jim Benson

Jim Benson

Célèbre pour: Editing

12 Films · 1 Séries

Biographie

Benson was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Missouri–Kansas City. He spent 30 years associated with the computer field, spanning the era from the introduction of modern mainframe computers to the dominance of the computer industry by microcomputers. Benson's partner Hal Woodward invented modern full text computer indexing and searching in 1981 based on the Federal Acquisition Regulation – the search system was called FARA (FAR Automated), and Benson exploited the new field through companies he co-founded. Benson was active in the early days of Internet Relay Chat (IRC). In the early 1990s, he assembled a large collection of help files that became the predecessor to today's IRChelp.org.Benson was a founding member of the Personal Spaceflight Federation. Benson was on the Board of Directors of the California Space Authority from 2005 to 2007 was named one of the "50 People to Watch in 2005" by San Diego magazine, and was named 2005 "Alumnus of the Year" by the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He founded the non-profit Space Development Institute, and introduced the Benson Prize for Amateur Discovery of Near Earth Objects. Benson was Vice-Chairman and private sector representative on NASA's national Space Grant Review Panel. SpaceDev. After a successful career as a computer industry entrepreneur, Benson decided to take on the challenge of starting a space commercialization venture. It combined his lifelong interests in science, technology and astronomy with his successful business experience.Benson started the trend of successful high tech entrepreneurs moving into the space development arena, by incorporating SpaceDev, Inc. as a publicly owned space exploration and development company in 1997.Benson and SpaceDev worked to develop the world's first private sector enterprise to profitably explore and develop space beyond earth orbit. SpaceDev's mission is to help "make space happen" for all of humanity, through the development of a comprehensive private space program, by delivering affordable and practical space technologies, products and solutions to SpaceDev's government and commercial customers, while creating value for SpaceDev stockholders.Benson searched NASA's archives and "saw the HL-20's potential as a project that had already received huge amounts of development money. [The vehicle had] friendly flying characteristics combined with a thick pedigree of expensive studies." SpaceDev licensed the HL-20 technology from NASA and extended it to use for its new Dream Chaser suborbital spacecraft. Later, the Dream Chaser became a candidate for NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) Program for delivering cargo to and from the International Space Station. In the event, SpaceDev was not selected for award under COTS, but did sign a non-reimburseable Space Act Agreement to facilitate additional exchange of non-cash project milestones with NASA.Afterwards, Benson stepped down as Chairman of SpaceDev and founded the Benson Space Company to pursue the Dream Chaser project. "In the fall of 2007, Benson Space announced a partnership with United Launch Alliance to turn the Dream Chaser into an orbital vehicle by launching it on an Atlas V rocket. Benson and his team were going to try to go all the way to orbit."SpaceDev acquired the former Integrated Space Systems, a space systems engineering firm, in 1998.In 1998, SpaceDev and its chairman James Benson were named in an administrative proceeding alleging securities fraud. The SEC alleged that SpaceDev and chairman Benson made false and misleading statements through various media in an attempt to increase its stock value. A settlement was later agreed upon that states that the SEC was founded in its allegations and SpaceDev cease and desist from committing or causing violations or future violations of Section 17(a) of the Securities Act and Section 10(b) of the Exchange Act and Rule 10b-5 thereunder; and Mr. Benson cease and desist from committing or causing violations or future violations of Section 17(a) of the Securities Act and Section 10(b) of the Exchange Act and Rule 10b-5 thereunder.SpaceDev acquired the intellectual property of American Rocket Company in 1999 after AMROC's 1996 bankruptcy. The AMROC-derived hybrid rocket motors were used in several SpaceDev projects that followed.SpaceDev started developing the science mission CHIPSat for the University of California, Berkeley in 1999. In 2003, SpaceDev launched the United States' smallest, low-cost, high performance satellite named CHIPSat for NASA. CHIPSat is a suitcase-size science microsatellite that is also the first U.S. mission to use only TCP/IP Internet communications for end-to-end satellite operations control, becoming the first satellite whose mission control and operations center is any laptop computer located anywhere in the world. Although the nominal mission duration was one year, the satellite operated successfully for almost five years when mission was terminated in April 2008. In 2004, SpaceDev's hybrid rocket motors were used by Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne to win the $10 million Ansari X Prize. During his 10 years with the company, Benson served as founder, chairman, chief executive officer and chief technology officer of SpaceDev. He stepped down on September 28, 2006 to announce that he was starting a new venture called Benson Space Company. Benson Space Company. Jim Benson announced on September 28, 2006 that he had launched an ambitious new venture focused on commercial space tourism, Benson Space Company (BSC).As of 2006, Benson Space stated intentions to be first to market in the emerging multibillion-dollar space tourism or personal spaceflight industry, with the safest and lowest cost astronaut-making suborbital missions."I am dedicated to opening space for all of humanity and, with SpaceDev well-managed and growing, I plan to spend the next several years creating the possibility that anyone who wants to go to space will be able to, safely and affordably," said Benson in September, 2006. SpaceDev owns many of the patents and intellectual property rights associated with hybrid rocket motors used for safe human spaceflight. Under Benson's guidance, SpaceDev developed critical hybrid rocket motor technology and furnished all of the rocket motors for Paul Allen's SpaceShipOne, the craft that earned the $10 million Ansari X Prize in 2004.Benson Space had completed its first round of financing and submitted a request for proposal to SpaceDev for the design and development of its SpaceDev Dream Chaser spaceships. BSC expected to be one of SpaceDev's largest customers, purchasing multiple spaceships and safe hybrid rocket motors for use in personal spaceflight. However, Jim Benson's illness and death led to the dissolution of the company. Death. SpaceDev announced on October 10, 2008, that James Benson had died earlier that day. He had been diagnosed with Glioblastoma multiforme, a type of brain tumor, in the spring of 2008.

Films & Séries

1986.

1 Film
Rockabye

Rockabye

1986
Une jeune femme, après avoir quitté son mari en Californie, lui a enlevé son jeune fils quelques instants après être descendue du bus de New York en route pour Vermont, et accepte à contrecoeur l'aide...

1982.

1 Film
The Letter

The Letter

1982
L'épouse d'un planteur malaisien tue l'employé de son mari une nuit, mais son motif commence à sembler pas tout à fait honnête..

1978.

1 Film · 1 Séries
TV
Little Women

Little Women

1978
Les vies et les amours des quatre sœurs de mars, Jo, Meg, Amy et Beth, ont été chroniques dans les deux mini-série parties. Face aux tragédies à la fois grandes et petites, les sœurs doivent compter l...
Les "Boys" de la compagnie "C"

Les "Boys" de la compagnie "C"

1978
Déçus par les combats futiles, horrifiés par la corruption de leur allié sud-vietnamien, et constamment mis en danger par leur propre commandant d'entreprise, les jeunes trouvent une issue possible à ...

1976.

1 Film
Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

1976
La biographie suit la vie de la célèbre pilote Amelia Earhart, y compris son mariage avec une célèbre éditeur et sa disparition lors d'un vol en 1937.

1975.

1 Film
The Dream Makers

The Dream Makers

1975
A college president becomes the president of a record company, and finds himself enmeshed in a payola scandal.

1974.

2 Films
Get Christie Love!

Get Christie Love!

1974
Teresa Graves a joué le rôle d'une détective policière sous couverture qui était déterminée à renverser une bande de drogue dans Get Christie Love! Le film est basé sur un roman..
The Great Niagara

The Great Niagara

1974
An embittered old man is obsessed with conquering the Niagara River and Niagara Falls. He endangers his sons' lives by forcing them to challenge the falls by going over them in a barrel.

1973.

4 Films
The Third Girl from the Left

The Third Girl from the Left

1973
Une chorale se rend compte qu'elle n'est pas plus jeune et que sa relation de longue date avec un comédien de boîte de nuit ne va nulle part. Elle se trouve attirée par un garçon sans présomption mais...
A Summer Without Boys

A Summer Without Boys

1973
Une femme d'âge moyen qui traverse un divorce emmène sa fille dans un lodge d'été, où elle se trouve en compétition avec sa fille pour l'homme à la main du lodge..
Birds of Prey

Birds of Prey

1973
Harry Walker est un pilote d'hélicoptère et journaliste de trafic pour une station de radio de Salt Lake City. Il observe un vol de banque en cours et l'enlèvement d'une jeune femme qui travaillait à ...
Deliver Us from Evil

Deliver Us from Evil

1973
Plusieurs hommes en randonnée dans les montagnes découvrent un skyjacker blessé qui a parachuté d'un avion avec 600 000 $. Ils le tuent, puis commencent à se battre pour l'argent..

1971.

1 Film
Thief

Thief

1971
Un voleur professionnel essaie de rompre avec son passé, mais doit effectuer un dernier travail pour rembourser une dette de jeu..
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