- Parabolic Arc
- June 2, 2023
Diamandis, Anderson and Simonyi to Launch Extraterrestrial Mining Company
Join visionary Peter H. Diamandis, M.D.; leading commercial space entrepreneur Eric Anderson; former NASA Mars mission manager Chris Lewicki; and planetary scientist & veteran NASA astronaut Tom Jones, Ph.D. on Tuesday, April 24 at 10:30 a.m. PDT in Seattle, or via webcast, as they unveil a new space venture with a mission to help ensure humanity’s prosperity.
Supported by an impressive investor and advisor group, including Google’s Larry Page & Eric Schmidt, Ph.D.; film maker & explorer James Cameron; Chairman of Intentional Software Corporation and Microsoft’s former Chief Software Architect Charles Simonyi, Ph.D.; Founder of Sherpalo and Google Board of Directors founding member K. Ram Shriram; and Chairman of Hillwood and The Perot Group Ross Perot, Jr., the company will overlay two critical sectors – space exploration and natural resources – to add trillions of dollars to the global GDP. This innovative start-up will create a new industry and a new definition of ‘natural resources’.
The news conference will be held at the Museum of Flight in Seattle on Tuesday, April 24 at 10:30 a.m. PDT and available online via webcast.
Tuesday, April 24
10:30 a.m. PDT
- Charles Simonyi, Ph.D., Space Tourist, Planetary Resources, Inc. Investor
- Eric Anderson, Co-Founder & Co-Chairman, Planetary Resources, Inc.
- Peter H. Diamandis, M.D., Co-Founder & Co-Chairman, Planetary Resources, Inc.
- Chris Lewicki, President & Chief Engineer, Planetary Resources, Inc.
- Tom Jones, Ph.D., Planetary Scientist, Veteran NASA Astronaut & Planetary Resources, Inc. Advisor
Charles Simonyi Space Gallery at The Museum of Flight
9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle, WA 98108
EDITOR’S UPDATE: Just to clarify something that wasn’t clear in the original post. I’m guessing this is an extraterrestrial mining firm based on the name of the company and the description in the media alert:
The company will overlay two critical sectors – space exploration and natural resources – to add trillions of dollars to the global GDP. This innovative start-up will create a new industry and a new definition of ‘natural resources’.
If it’s not mining, I don’t know what else would fit that description. I really don’t think it’s solar power satellites, although you can manufacture them out of extraterrestrial resources. Diamandis has hinted in the past that he’s looking at asteroid mining. And Lewicki’s involvement certainly points to something related to surface operations on other worlds.
We’ll see next week. Should be an exciting announcement.
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in situ resource utilization… GO!
The money is already there!!
Hope it works.
I hope they have deep pockets and long vision to cope with the inevitable early problems, but once it is done once it will open the flood gates.
This is the start of the critical mass required for full comercial operations in space without the need for government assistance.
Best of luck.
I’ll be surprised if they leave Elon out of this.
Out of curiosity, which materials currently have any potential for both being extracted off-world and already have a viable market for them? The oft repeated example of Helium-3 is the only one I’m well aware of, and that would only become worthwhile once any form of nuclear fusion has been developed. Surely there must be other resources which could be economically viable?
Also, how would these resources be returned to Earth? Never really seen that discussed either.
Diamandis talks about resources in this video: http://www.parabolicarc.com…
I’m looking forward to what kind of transportation system they’ll have to create to get all that mining equipment and personnel up there, support the needed logistics, and incidentally, getting the product back to Earth for a recognizable ROI.
This new study on asteroid retrieval and mining may provide a good guide to what they will announce next week:
My take, Elon Musk is being left out for the simple word, ‘distraction’. That does not mean SpaceX doesn’t have a place at the table.
Those involved with Planetary Resources are probably letting Elon move forward on his pace ‘lowering the cost to orbit’. If Elon Musk achieves those goals, and Falcon Heavy does what they expect in the future, there is no doubt in my mind F9H will launch future mining equipment versus the government wasteful paper rockets.
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