Since the 1990s, Colorado School of Mines has been a leading institution for the study of space resources and in situ resource utilization (ISRU). It has also become a destination for space scientists and engineers, government agencies, aerospace companies, entrepreneurs, the mining and minerals industry, financial and legal experts, and policy makers to discuss all topics related to space resources.
In recent years, growing interest in ISRU by space agencies and the private sector has been driven by an awareness that further development of space travel will be enabled through extraction of materials and production of propellants in space for more affordable and flexible transportation, facilities construction, and life support. The broad topic of space resources brings together many fields in which Mines has a strong presence, including remote sensing, geomechanics, mining, materials/metallurgy, robotics/automation, advanced manufacturing, electrochemistry, solar and nuclear energy, and resource economics.
In this light, Mines has launched a first-of-its-kind multi-disciplinary graduate program in Space Resources to offer a Post-Baccalaureate certificate and Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees for college graduates and professionals interested in this emerging arena. The program focuses on developing core knowledge and gaining design practices in systems for responsible exploration, extraction, and use of resources in the Solar System.
Why Choose Space Resources at Mines?
- Join the first program in the world focused on educating scientists, engineers, economists, entrepreneurs, and policy makers in the developing field of space resources
- Take advantage of Mines’ world-renowned expertise on terrestrial resources and energy systems and apply it beyond our planet
- Become a part of Mines long history of involvement in space resources studies and gain access to its unique facilities
- Learn the current scientific, technical, economic, policy, and legal aspects of this field from a multidisciplinary group of experts in academia, space agencies, and the private sector
- Gain design practice in In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) systems for exploration, mining, extraction, processing, manufacturing, and stewardship of space and planetary resources
- Earn a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, and Master of Science (non-thesis) or Ph.D. degrees (all available also fully online from anywhere in the world)
Faculty members from the Space Resources program (Ian Lange, George Sowers, Angel Abbud-Madrid, and Morgan Bazilian) along with Ian Christensen from the Secure World Foundation, recently published a policy article entitled, "New Policies Needed to Advance Space...read more
Prof. Paul Sava has been awarded funding from NASA to develop the highest-resolution 3D images ever of what lies in the interior of Mars' polar ice caps. "Just like on Earth, the ice caps are witnesses of the climate on Mars — it's a bit like observing tree rings,"...read more
Jared Atkinson, a PhD student in geophysics and researcher in the Center for Space Resources, was recently interviewed by NBC News about the Commercial Lunar Propellant Architecture study that he co-authored along with several faculty members and students of the Mines...read more
Prof. George Sowers talked about the recently released Commercial Lunar Propellant Architecture study and the new Mines Space Resources program with Dr. David Livingston on the January 7th episode of The Space Show.read more