Since the 1990s, Colorado School of Mines has been a leading institution for the study of space resources and in situ resource utilization (ISRU) through its Center for Space Resources. It has also become a destination every year 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 this field at the Space Resources Roundtable.
In recent years, growing interest in space resources by space agencies and the private sector has been driven by an awareness 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, manufacturing of parts, 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 and construction, electrochemistry, solar and nuclear energy, and resource economics.
In this light, Mines launched a first-of-its-kind multi-disciplinary graduate program in Space Resources in 2017 to offer Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, 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.
The program has had students participating from 5 continents, 24 countries, and with a variety of professional backgrounds, including aerospace, mechanical, chemical, electrical, software, materials, petroleum, and mining engineering; physics, chemistry, geology, and geophysics; from space agencies, the public sector, and economists, financial and policy analysts, lawyers, and entrepreneurs.
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, construction, and stewardship of space and planetary resources
- Earn a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Master of Science (non-thesis), or Ph.D. degree (all available fully online from anywhere in the world)
Space Resources students Kenneth Liang and Mark Tolton were one of four teams selected by NASA to advance to the final level of the agency’s Watts on the Moon Challenge, which seeks solutions to transmit and store energy on the lunar surface. Ken and Mark formed...
The 23rd meeting of The Space Resources Roundtable (SRR) in collaboration with the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) and sponsored by Lunar Outpost, Advanced Space, Honeybee Robotics, the European Space Resources Innovation Centre (ESRIC), Polimak, Karman+,...
University students from around the world gathered on May 31-June 1 at Mines for the second annual Over the Dusty Moon Challenge. Mines and Lockheed Martin hosted the competition with five teams to demonstrate the most effective system for conveying lunar regolith...
Anastasia Stepanova, a PhD student in the Mines Space Resources program was featured in a Space.com article. Anastasia is a veteran of multiple missions here on Earth that simulate the conditions human crews would experience during spaceflight or long-duration...