A video of the “Extraterrestrial Prospecting” session held during the SSI Space Manufacturing 14 conference at NASA Ames Conference Center in October. Presenters discussed remote techniques for assaying and utilizing Near Earth Object resources.
Session Chair: Professor Michael F. Aâ€™Hearn
Water vs. Rocks: Resources for Earth or for Exploration? Prof. Michael Aâ€™Hearn, University of Maryland, Department of Astronomy
Mining Methods for Asteroid Utilization Brad Blair, Space Studies Institute, and Prof. Leslie Gertsch, University of Missouri-Rolla Mining Concepts Development for Accessing Asteroid Resources Mark Sonter, Asteroid Enterprises Pty Ltd
Resources from Asteroids: What We Can Expect From What We Know Now Dr. Faith Vilas, University of Arizona, Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory
Mitchell Weiss of the SEEGRID Corp. gave a presentation titled, “Application of Visually Guided, Autonomous Robots to Space Mining and Construction,” during the SSI Space Manufacturing Conference in October.
Prof. Greg Baiden of Laurentian University and Penguin Automated Systems gave a talk titled, “Lunar Mining â€“ Taking the Best of Terrestrial Mining and Fitting it to the Moon,” during the SSI Space Manufacturing 14 conference in October.
Famed biologist and entrepreneur Craig Venter will give a special talk on synthetic genomics during the Space Studies Institute’s Space Manufacturing 14 conference in Mountain View, Calif.
Venter — best known for his pioneering work in sequencing the human genome and creating the first cell with a synthetic genome earlier this year — will speak at the NASA Ames Conference Center on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 5-6:30 p.m. The talk, which will include a 30-minute Q&A session, is a joint session with the Synthetic Biology Workshop, a separate invitation-only conference being held at NASA Ames on the same weekend.
Venter is founder of Celera Genomics, The Institute for Genomic Research and the J. Craig Venter Institute. His self-named institute is focused on creating synthetic biological organisms and documenting genetic diversity in the world’s oceans.