James C. Bennett


Biography

James C. Bennett has been active in technology enterprises since 
1978, when he joined the Sabre Foundation's programs for space 
development and international trade located in Santa Barbara, 
California..  Bennett became Director of the World Space Center, a 
project of the Foundation.  In thatcapacity, he was responsible 
for planning an international training program in remote sensing 
technologies for the benefit of developing countries, 
inconjunction with the University of California at SantaBarbara.  
The work of the Sabre Foundation led to the founding of the Free 
Zone Authority Services, Inc., a consulting group specializing in 
free trade zone management services and zone-related technology 
transfer, which later merged to form The Services Group, Inc.  Mr 
Bennett served as a Director of FZAS (later TSG) until 1989.

In 1980, he co-founded Space Enterprise Consultants, the first 
consulting firm devoted entirely to commercial space development.  
SEC reviewed a wide range of potential space commercial 
activities, and served a number of customers in the commercial 
space field.  

In 1981, work performed by SEC led to the founding of Arc 
Technologies, Inc., (later known as Starstruck, Inc.) an early 
private space-launch venture, which successfully conducted a 
launch test of its Dolphin rocket in 1984.  Mr. Bennett  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, Bennett was a central  participant in the writing and 
passage of the Commercial Space Launch Act, the  legal charter for 
private space activities in the US.  Mr. Bennett also served four  
terms on the Board of Directors of that company. 

In 1985, he co-founded American Rocket Company,  which has 
developed the  unique, non-explosive hybrid rocket engine and 
launch services using that  propulsion system as a commercial 
project.  Mr. Bennett served as Vice  President, External Affairs, 
and was responsible for all government relations,  public 
relations, and marketing research for AMROC.  Following the death 
of  AMROC co-founder and initial President George Koopman in 1989, 
Bennett  served as President of AMROC. He also served as Secretary 
of the Corporation,  and served three terms as a Director of 
AMROC.  He is currently involved with  several projects in the 
space and high-technology areas, and has been  designated a member 
of the Board of Directors of Weaver Aerospace Company,  of Aptos, 
California and Boise, Idaho, which provides aerospace engineering 
and  microgravity parabolic flight services.

Mr. Bennett has served as a consultant or subcontractor to a 
number of space  and technology-related ventures, including 
Astrotech Space Operations, L.P. (a  wholly-owned subsidiary of 
Westinghouse Corporation), Booz%Allen & Hamilton,  the National 
Aeronautics and Space Administration,  American Rocket Company,  
Gateway Ventures, Inc., The Services Group, World Cities 
Organization, and  Weaver Aerospace Co.       

Mr. Bennett currently serves as Technology Editor for Strategic 
Investment  newsletter.  He has been written and spoken on space 
development and public  policy issues for the past decade.  He is 
currently under contract to MIT University  Press for a book 
titled *Bridges to Infinity: Nanotechnology and the Promise of  
Space*, due to be published in 1994.  He is the author of two 
public policy  studies on space issues for the Reason Foundation; 
one, Privatizing Space  Transportation, co-authored with Phillip 
Salin, published in 1987, and the other,  The Opportunity For Free 
Trade in Space, published in August 1990, as well as  articles and 
professional papers.  He was a member of the White House Task  
Force on Space Commercialization in 1983.  He has given testimony 
before the  US House of Representatives and the California 
Legislature, and in 1991 was  named to the Secretary of 
Transportation's Commercial Space Transportation  Advisory 
Committee. 
 
Mr. Bennett has been a Director of the Foresight Institute, Palo 
Alto, California  since 1986, when that group was established to 
examine implications of  emerging technologies, and in 1991 became 
a founding Director of the Palo Alto,  California Institute for 
Molecular Manufacturing, and in 1991 was named  President of the 
Center for Constitutional Issues in Technology, also in Palo Alto,  
which was formed to examine the public policy implications of new 
technologies.   He is a member of the Policy Committee of the 
National Space Society, a public  interest group promoting the 
development of space.   He is a Trustee of National  Space 
Society's George A. Koopman Memorial Fund.

Mr. Bennett was raised in western Pennsylvania and Michigan, and 
studied  anthropology and political science at the University of 
Michigan.  He holds a  Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies.