I read with interest today news of investment in and the upcoming launch of Planetary Resources. The new space start up from X-Prize founder and fellow International Space University alum Peter Diamandis and Eric Anderson to as they put in in their press release:
“[...] the company will overlay two critical sectors – space exploration and natural resources – to add trillions of dollars to the global GDP. This innovative start-up will create a new industry and a new definition of ‘natural resources”
As I’ve written in previous posts on Zero gravity adventures and the Space Shuttle’s retirement interest in the next frontier of space for explorers and travellers alike has never been higher. Its on many people’s bucket list if it becomes accessible (and in the interim space experience activities will have to do).
For now Asteroids are really on the frontier – will they become the Wild Wild West of space exploration where mining and exploration combine again to open up new frontiers that then evolve into development and destinations for the masses?
Lets see what those first steps might look like when we get to hear a bit more about Planetary Resources plans in the next few days.
And if we get to one day see asteroids and other planets from above – the beauty will be worth the wait.
- Google and James Cameron to hunt for natural resources on asteroids (foxnews.com)
- Will space mining ever take off? (news.com.au)