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Ladies and gentlemen we're floating in space

Written by Ashwin Rattan Wednesday, 20 July 2011 21:02
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Searching Finance is delighted to announce that James C. Bennett has signed with us to produce a report on investing in space.

Some more about James...

James is a Research Associate of the Space Policy Institute of George Washington University, and has recently concluded a year-long study of cross-border information flows within the North American Aerospace Defense Command in support of future Space Situational Awareness international data sharing architectures.  He is also Space Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy (London) and authored their recent paper Space: Britain’s New Frontier in 2010.

 

Consulting areas have included space transportation policy and the administration and Congressional levels, space regulatory policy and implementation of regulations at the DOT and FAA levels, negotiation and development of rules with DOD/USAF regarding use of test facilities and launch facilities on USAF installations, commercialization of Federally-developed technology by the private sector, privatization of federal space assets, technology transfer (including ITAR) issues, FCC space-related radio frequency issues, environmental regulation of private space launch, successful proposal-writing for Air Force joint government-private projects, alternate architectures for privatization of Space Shuttle, private spaceport development and operation in the US and abroad, suborbital space tourism regulation and business issues, space tourism biomedical regulatory and health issues, commercial parabolic tourist flight operations, ground-based space-related tourism business development issues, privatization of space remote sensing, and general business and financing issues regarding private space transportation.  Non-space consulting issues have included regulation of cryptography export, application of ITAR rules to cryptography, international tax and regulatory structuring of multinational ventures, business and regulatory issues in telemedicine, including regulatory compliance with medical-record privacy standards in the US and compliance with medical privacy standards of the Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons, and intellectual property issues in software for a multinational system operating under various US, Commonwealth and European Union jurisdictions.

 

Past space work has also included:

 

President, American Rocket Company (AMROC), Camarillo, California.  1989-90.   AMROC developed the unique hybrid rocket engine technology ultimately used in the SpaceShipOne record manned flights for the Ansari X Prize. 

 

Co-founder and Vice President, External Affairs of AMROC, 1985-89.  James gained one of the first launch permits issued by the Department of Transportation.  From 1985 to 1988 he served on its board of directors.  Areas of responsibility included space transportation policy and the administration and Congressional levels, space regulatory policy and implementation of regulations at the DOT and FAA levels, negotiation and development of rules with DOD/USAF regarding use of test facilities and launch facilities on USAF installations, commercialization of Federally-developed technology by the private sector, privatization of federal space assets, technology transfer (including ITAR) issues, FCC space-related radio frequency issues, environmental regulation of private space launch at state, local (Air Quality Control District) and federal levels, including authorship of first Environmental Assessment for private space launch from an Air Force facility, health and safety regulation compliance including state, local, Federal, and insurance carrier relations, land-use planning and zoning negotiations and compliance, and private spaceport development issues.

 

Co-Founder and Vice-President, Regulatory Affairs, Starstruck, Inc. Redwood City, California. 1981-84.  Starstruck (originally Arc Technologies, Inc.) an early private space-launch venture, which successfully conducted a launch test of its Dolphin rocket in 1984.  James served at Arc as Vice President, Government Affairs, and was responsible for, among other things, negotiating the first license for the launch of a commercially-developed rocket in the United States.  In addition, James was a central participant in the writing and passage of the Commercial Space Launch Act, the legal charter for private space activities in the U.S.  James served on the board of directors from 1981-1984.

 

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