Leading mining school launches unique program for space mining
(Kitco News) - The Colorado School of Mines announced today that it has launched an undergraduate program in space mining that will allow undergraduate students “to get a flavor” of what is to come in the future of both mining and space exploration.
The minor is believed to be the first in the world with this specific focus.
“Space exploration has long been an aspiration of various scientists and engineers, and success in deep space missions depends on our ability to utilize the resources in outer space,” said Jamal Rostami, associate professor in the Department of Mining Engineering, where the program will be housed.
As space exploration continues, there will be a need for mining engineers who will actively participate in those missions and can contribute to providing raw materials for a variety of activities, including onsite manufacturing, supplies of consumables, and fuels for space craft.
“Design of mining operations in space requires some out-of-the-box thinking and emphasis on automation, safety and remote operation,” Rostami said. “The Space Mining minor can facilitate this transition between the current state-of-the-art mining techniques and the operation of mines in the future both on earth and in space.”
Since the 1990s, the Colorado School of Mines has been a leading institution for the study of space resources and in situ resource utilization. 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 this field.