Ben grew up in North London with parents who ran their own engineering and product design consultancy, working on everything from consumer products through medical equipment to special-effects projects for sci-fi TV shows and films, Ben was exposed to a 'creative engineering' environment from an early age.
Ben went on to study product design and industrial design at college and university, graduating with 1st class honours from the University of Hertfordshire's industrial design course in 1997 at the age of 20. Ben then followed a diverse career including working in graphic design and corporate branding in London for around seven years before setting up his own consumer product design and development company in 2003 at the age of 26. Ben has subsequently worked through his own companies almost constantly since that point, developing electronic musical instruments, board games, electronic learning toys and commercial rocket kits. Rockets and space have remained a constant theme through Ben's hobby rocketry and commercial work throughout with him ultimately moving to work full time in the commercial launch sector from late 2017.
Built and launched first rocket
Invited to join British team in USA for 'World Space Modelling Championships'
Flew first 'mid-power' rocket
Graduated - West Herts College - ND in 3D Design
Launched the UK's first 'High Power' rocket under BMFA insurance
Achieved first 'Level 1' rocketry certification in the UK
Founding member of the 'United Kingdom Rocketry Association'
Achieved Level 2 rocketry certification
Graduated - University of Herts - BA Industrial Design, 1st class
Test-fired first home-made hybrid rocket engine
First commercial rocketry job - consultant on 'Scrapheap Challenge'
First European to achieve Level 3 rocketry certification, set first UK amateur rocket altitude record at 14,009ft
Built and flew 'Primary Koncern', UK's largest private rocket
Led the 'M.A.R.S' amateur team to Nevada, USA to set new amateur altitude record: 34,579ft
Built and flew the 'Deimos 2' rocket powered by 200kg thrust 'B4' hybrid engine
Led 'M.A.R.S' team to Nevada, USA to launch 'Deimos Odyssey' on B4 hybrid engine to over 24,000ft
Founded first limited company 'Dubreq Ltd' - focussed on electronic toy and consumer products
Successfully built and launched 1/2ton 'Beautiful Blue' rocket for commercial project in Hungary
Successfully built and flew the first ducted 'Kone' rocket prototype (Kone of Koncern)
Successfully completed more than a dozen rocket themed stunts for Sky TV 'Brainiac' TV science show
Reached '1000 Launches' personal milestone
Successfully ran hybrid-powered 'rocket sled' down railway tracks for 'Bang Goes the Theory' TV show
Successfully launched 'Bigrtrak Jr' robot toy on commercial rocket from California
Sold 'Dubreq Ltd' and founded new limited company: 'Black Phoenix Games'
Began development work on small sounding rockets for Skyrora Ltd
Founded 'Raptor Aerospace Ltd' to commercialise 30 years of rocketry experience
Completed development of 'Kestrel' atmospheric sounding rocket series
Conceived 'Halcyon' UAV based microgravity testing system
Joined SaxaVord UK Spaceport in Shetland as Suborbital Launch Campaign Manager
Founded 'Launch Access Ltd' and began 'RocketandRoll' as a rocketry retail business