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
Dr. Abbud-Madrid addressed The Hague International Space Resources Governance Working Group at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands on April 23, 2018 with a talk entitled, "Space Resources Learning Curve: Exploration, Technology, and Commerce." Abbud-Madrid is an...read more
Dr. George Sowers was featured in Space News' coverage of the 34th Space Symposium, held on April 16-19 in Colorado Springs. Sowers was part of an expert panel on space mining and whether national or international law should govern the practice in the future. From the...read more
Dr. Abbud-Madrid presented a talk entitled, "Technology and Asteroid Science Working Together for the Successful Development of Asteroid Resources," at the Asteroid Science Intersections with In-Space Mine Engineering (ASIME-2018) workshop at the University of...read more
George Sowers was recently interviewed by the Denver Business Journal about the $642 million in Air Force satellite launch contracts awarded this month to United Launch Alliance and SpaceX. Sowers was Vice President and Chief Scientist at ULA before joining the Space...read more