[extropy-chat] Crazy Wealthy Space Enthusiasts?

Neil H. neuronexmachina at gmail.com
Thu Mar 9 03:08:43 UTC 2006

Clark Lindsay's HobbySpace (which is also the base site for RLV News, an
excellent space blog) has pretty much exactly the information you're looking
for, a listing of various millionaires and billionaires who've devoted money
to spaceflight efforts. It's in the "Space Angels" section of this page:


On 3/8/06, Amara Graps <amara at amara.com> wrote:
> >Jeff Bezos and Mark Shuttleworth are two.  Then there is the  hotel
> >guy in Vegas (and now Houston I think).  There are at least 3, maybe
> >4 companies working on cheap access to space.
> [...]
> >One place to start would be the Forbes lists of the richest people
> >in the U.S. and the World (they are two distinct lists).  They
> >publish the reshuffled lists every year I think.
> >Obviously a company could get some great press by launching a
> >satellite that "NASA left behind..."
> Thanks Robert for your information.
> This news item from a friend on the wta list is helpful too:
> Geeks in space
> http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9584_22-5399507.html
> Potentially useful info above in that  Jim Benson, (founding chairman and
> chief executive of SpaceDev) really wants to send a small space
> miner that can land onto the surface of (water/ice-rich) asteroids
> and drill a meter into the surface to extract the ice reserves.
> The planetary scientists would be horrified to think of their
> beloved Ceres with its potential subsurface ocean/life to be treated
> roughly, but perhaps an agreement could be made to take good care of
> 'her'.  Moreover, Benson successfully knows how to encourage investors.
> So if he really wants to go to the asteroid belt to find water, there
> exists an almost-built spacecraft exactly designed to go there,
> and, moreover, to a water-rich asteroid, all for the sum of 40 million
> dollars. What more could one want ? :-)
> Amara
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