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, Master of Science (non-thesis), or Ph.D. degree
Angel Abbud-Madrid gave a presentation entitled, "Resources Beyond Earth: Enabling Exploration and the New Space Economy," at the Space Bites event in the European Space Agency (ESA) European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, The Netherlands...read more
Angel Abbud-Madrid, Director of the Center for Space Resources, was recently interviewed by U.S. News & World Report about growing interest from space agencies around the world in potential resources on the...read more
Space Resources Roundtable and Planetary & Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium in June 12-15, 2018 at Mines
The 9th joint meeting of The Space Resources Roundtable (SRR) and the Planetary & Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium (PTMSS) in collaboration with the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) and sponsored by Advanced Space and Honeybee Robotics was held on June 12-15,...read more
Paul Morgan, senior geothermal geologist at the CSM Colorado Geological Survey, was recently interviewed by Motherboard, a Vice Media website focused on tech and science news, about the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP3) that was aboard the Mars InSight...read more