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The Space Resources Roundtable, Planetary & Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium
Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 8:00 AM to Friday, June 15, 2018, 5:00 PM MDT
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The Space Resources Roundtable, Planetary & Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium

The Space Resources Roundtable, Inc. (SRR) and the Planetary & Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium (PTMSS) in collaboration with the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) and the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), will convene their ninth joint meeting on June 12-15, 2018 at the Colorado School of Mines, in Golden, Colorado.

This year there will be a workshop on the last day of the meeting to develop a plan for a prospecting campaign for ice at the lunar poles. The objective is to characterize the ice as an economic resource with distribution, concentration, quantity, disposition, depth, geotechnical properties and any other characteristics necessary to design and develop extraction and processing systems. The results of the workshop will be provided to space agencies and interested commercial companies as a joint recommendation of the SRR and the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG).

About this event...

Given the rapidly increasing interest on In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) activities for the Moon, Mars, and asteroids from space agencies around the world, the private sector, academic institutions, and from recent legislation introduced for space-resources commercial exploitation, this meeting will provide a unique and timely forum for discussion of the near- and long-term opportunities for space resources.

The Space Resources Roundtable brings together space professionals, natural resources industry personnel, financial and legal experts, policy analysts, and entrepreneurs interested in developing the resources of space, including the Moon, Mars, asteroids, comets, and other bodies of the Solar System. The goal of the Space Resources Roundtable is to advance prospects for the development of space resources through information exchange among government, industry, and academia.

The purpose of the Planetary & Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium is to promote a closer relationship between the space and mining sectors. The intent is to allow mining experts to network with space scientists and engineers, to share knowledge, and to foster collaboration.

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Topics to be explored
The meeting will be organized to accommodate technical presentations and roundtable discussions around the following topics:

  1. The Moon: First case for ISRU?
  2. Mars: Preparing to live and work in the Red Planet
  3. Asteroids: Stepping stones towards a space resources infrastructure
  4. Manufacturing in space: Taking advantage of the space environment
  5. Space commerce, legal issues, and international efforts: A multi-dimensional endeavor

Thus, the SRR and the PTMSS solicit presentations about:

  • Orbital or landed measurements of the Moon, Mars, and/or asteroids and comets to identify and characterize potential resources
  • Resource utilization experiments
  • Resource processing technologies
  • Experiment results that could lead to manufacturing with space resources
  • Commercial details of space resources on Earth and in Space
  • Space power systems
  • Materials transportation systems – in space and on the surface
  • Space transportation systems utilizing space resources
  • Market demand and utilization scenarios for space resources and their products
  • The relationship between government-funded exploration and private ventures in identifying and using space resources, and how to develop public-private partnerships
  • Property rights in space
  • Or any other serious study of space resources-related topics
  • Program
  • The Program will be available after selection of abstracts is completed. Logistical details for the Lunar Polar Prospecting Workshop will be posted in early March.

The meeting will be held on the campus of the Colorado School of Mines in Golden (near Denver), Colorado USA. Learn more...

Fees and registration
Registration for this event is open now. Enrollment is limited; therefore, applications will be accepted in the order received. Full information about fees, options, and payment methods is available. Learn more...

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