Diamandis, Anderson and Simonyi to Launch Extraterrestrial Mining Company

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MEDIA ALERT

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.

WHEN:

Tuesday, April 24
10:30 a.m. PDT

WHO:

  • 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

WHERE:

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.

  • Anonymous

    I love it when people make wild assumptions in a headline, and then provide no basis for those assumptions in the news story. It’s better when they don’t say anything at all about those assumptions in the news story and just leave it completely unexplained and unmentioned. Top class journalism, it’s a wonder you’re not working for Reuters.

    ps. Wait, I would normally assume it was obvious, but given the display shown here I can’t assume anything so I should mention it just in case; this comment was littered with sarcasm.

  • http://lunarnetworks.blogspot.com Joel Raupe

    in situ resource utilization… GO!

  • Stan

    The money is already there!!

    Hope it works.

  • warshawski

    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.

  • Edward

    I’ll be surprised if they leave Elon out of this.

  • Geoff T

    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.

  • http://www.parabolicarc.com Doug Messier
  • http://www.parabolicarc.com Doug Messier

    Mr. or Ms. Anonymous:

    Based on the IP address, it seems we’ve got a bit of sarcasm from Down Under (specifically Perth). Very subtle. Like a kangaroo boxing a croc. Or something.

    I’ve added an update so that you — and everyone else — can know what I was thinking when I wrote the headline. Just try not to choke on your Vegemite sandwich when you read that I have good reason to believe this is a space mining company.

  • Reusables Forever

    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.

  • http://www.parabolicarc.com Doug Messier

    This new study on asteroid retrieval and mining may provide a good guide to what they will announce next week:

    http://www.parabolicarc.com/2012/04/19/new-study-says-asteroid-retrieval-and-mining-feasible-with-existing-and-near-term-technologies/

  • http://www.teapartyinspace.org Gary Anderson

    Regarding Elon.

    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.

    Gary Anderson
    Northeast Regional Director
    Tea Party in Space