Re: *Now* we might get somewhere!

Forrest Bishop (
Thu, 11 Sep 1997 15:59:23 -0500 (CDT)

Dan Clemenssen wrote:
>Kennita Watson wrote:

>>.. James W. Benson
>> has established the company SpaceDev, and says he plans to launch a
>> robot craft to an asteroid to take photographs, scientific readings,
>> and to prospect for mining sites. "Space is a place, not a government
>> project," Benson told reporters...

>This guy want to finance the exploratory mission by
>selling rights to the information to the highest bidder.
>I'm thinking about sending him $100.00 for non-exclusive rights
>to a close-up picture of the asteroid to put on my web page.

I approached Benson a couple months ago with a proposal to share
in the mining claim ("just a few $billion or so") in exchange for
engineering work. No response. I think the symbolic value of
claimholders would assist in abrogating the Moon Treaty.

Forrest Bishop