2006 News and Events

November, 2006

NASA SBIR and STTR proposals selected for funding
(November 17, 2006)

The NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs announced the 2006 awards on Friday, November 17, 2006. Proposals from two Colorado companies, in collaboration with CSR, were selected for negotiation of contracts to fund the following SBIR Phase II and STTR Phase I projects, respectively.

ADA Technologies, Inc.
Proposal Title: Fine Water Mist Fire Extinguisher for Spacecraft
ADA Principal Investigator: Amanda Kimball
CSR Investigators: Tom McKinnon and Angel Abbud-Madrid

Technology Applications, Inc. (TAI)
Proposal Title: Advanced Granular System Modeling
TAI Principal Investigator: Rolf Baumgartner
CSR Investigator: Masami Nakagawa

SysRAND Corporation
Proposal Title: An ISRU Bucket Ladder Excavator Demonstrator System
SysRAND Principal Investigator: Bradley R. Blair
CSR Investigators: Paul Van Susante and Angel Abbud-Madrid

commercial space isru roadmap released
(November 2, 2006)

The Commercial Space ISRU Roadmap was publicly presented by the Eighth Continent™ Steering Group based at CSR during the VIII Space Resources Roundtable Meeting on November 2, 2006. This document presents a roadmap for integrating space resources into the global economy for Bringing Space Down to Earth.

Commercial Space ISRU Roadmap (pdf file)

october, 2006

(October 31- November 2, 2006)

The Space Resources Roundtable Inc. held the VIII Space Resources Roundtable on October 31 to November 2, 2006, at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. For more information please consult the following website:


Check also the news articles released after the VIII SRR meeting at space.com and foxnews

september, 2006

lunar ventures student competition 2007

Sponsored by the Center for Space Resources at the Colorado School of Mines, the Lunar Ventures Student Business Plan Competition will be held May 19-21, 2007 on the campus of the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. The Competition challenges students in business, engineering and science to collaborate in creating business ventures related to space. Prizes for the winner include a cash award of $25,000, in-kind services, and potentially a $100,000 investment.
For more information please consult the following website:


Dr. Christopher Dreyer's planetary instrument proposal selected by NASA's roses program

Dr. Christopher Dreyer's proposal entitled, "Automated Rock Thin Section Device for Space Exploration," was selected in September as one of only two proposals led by an academic institution under the NASA ROSES 2005 program. This research effort will develop an instrument to analyze thin sections of rocks, which may be utilized to understand the origin and evolution of rocks on Earth.
The proposal was written in collaboration with Professors John Steele, Masami Nakagawa, and Mike Duke from the Colorado School of Mines and with Honeybee Robotics as the industrial partner.






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