Resources Beyond Earth: Enabling Future Exploration and the New Space Economy

Speaker: Angel Abbud-Madrid | Colorado School of Mines

Throughout human history, resources have been the driving force for exploration and also the means to do so. However, as we continue our exploration of space, our efforts will eventually become limited by the materials we can carry from Earth. In recent years, space agencies and the private sector have increasingly realized that further exploration and growth of commercial opportunities in space will require extraction of materials, production of propellants, and power generation from extraterrestrial resources for more affordable and flexible transportation, facilities construction, energy production, and life support. This rapidly rising interest around the world for the search, extraction, and use of resources in space, the Moon, asteroids, and Mars may be about to radically influence not just future space missions, but also the expansion of economic activity beyond our planet.