2007 News and Events

november, 2007



Planetary Geology and Natural Resources of the Moon and Mars
(GEOL 498B)

New course on planetary geology and resources offered in spring 2008 semester at the colorado school of mines

A new course entitled "Planetary Geology and Natural Resources of the Moon and Mars " (GEOL 498B) will be offered in the Spring 2008 semester at the Colorado School of Mines on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 to 2:50 PM. This course will be taught by Dr. Joel Duncan, lecturer at the Geology Department and EPICS program.
This course will provide the student a thorough exposure to the most up-to-date information on the geological evolution of the Moon and Mars, as well as their potential natural resources which may be utilized by future robotic and human missions to these planetary bodies.

For more information please contact Dr. Joel Duncan at: joduncan@mines.edu

october, 2007

(October 25 - 27, 2007)

The Space Resources Roundtable Inc. held the IX Space Resources Roundtable on October 25 - 27, 2007, at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. For more information please consult the following website:


lunar geomechatronics workshop (LGW II)
(October 24, 2007)

In conjunction with the SRR IX meeting, the Mining Department and the Center for Space Resources at the Colorado School of Mines, along with the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), the University of Colorado at Boulder, and ORBITEC sponsored the second Lunar Geomechatronics Workshop (LGW II) on Wednesday, October 24, 2007 at the Colorado School of Mines. The meeting focused on the latest analytical, geotechnical, and modeling studies conducted with lunar simulants from Orbitec, NASA, USGS, and Shimizu.

august, 2007


The world’s most comprehensive effort to integrate space into the global economy was launched on August 24th, 2007. Based at the Center for Space Resources in CSM, Eighth Continent brings space down to Earth with the industry’s first trade association, business incubator, venture fund, and research hub, all working together to develop “Space 2.0” – the emerging generation of space business ventures with real profit potential – here and now.

Launch of 8C project in Denver Business Journal article

For more information consult the Eighth Continent Project website

May, 2007



Omega Sensors
(San Diego State Univ)



(Colorado School of Mines & College of William and Mary)

(Georgia Inst. of Tech
& Emory Univ.)



Team Garners $25,000 Prize to Develop Space Commerce Idea

Out of ten national finalist teams, students from San Diego State University with Omega Sensors, Inc. (OSI) were declared winners in the first Lunar Ventures Student Business Plan Competition held at the Colorado School of Mines Center for Space Resources on May 19-21.

A national panel of judges from the aerospace, venture capital, and academic communities, reviewed business plans from 47 college students from around the country representing Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Colorado at Boulder, San Diego State University, Colorado School of Mines, Emory University, and the College of William and Mary. All are vying to develop the next big ideas for new start-up companies using space technology.

San Diego State University entry OSI , offers improved accelerometer technology with applications from increasing oil production to improving space vehicle navigation systems. OSI is comprised of team members Brian Bjorndal, Craig Braun, Brad Chisum, Tom Jones, Nick Rhea and Richard Waters.

The three runners up in the 2007 Lunar Ventures competition are:

1) Automated Integrated Mission Systems (AIMSense)
from Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2) Kronos from Colorado School of Mines and the College of William and Mary

3) ViraTag, LLC from Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University

For more information please consult the following website:


April, 2007

Payload Specialist Astronaut
Dr. Gregory Linteris

Monday, April 2nd
6:00 PM, Metals Hall, CSM Green Center

Science experiments in space:
a personal account

Payload Specialist Astronaut
Mechanical Engineer, Fire Science Division, NIST

monday, april 2, 6:00 pm
metals hall, csm green center

Dr. Greg Linteris will share his experiences on the Spacelab Microgravity Sciences Mission (MSL-1), a Space Shuttle mission devoted exclusively to science experiments, with investigations on materials science, combustion, fluid dynamics, and biotechnology. Although the STS-83 mission was cut short to 4 days due to concerns over one of the three power-generating fuel cells, NASA successfully re-flew the mission just three months later as STS-94, the first mission in the history of manned space flight in which the same crew flew together again in space.

January, 2007


Introduction to Space Exploration
(MNGN 498-A)

New course on space exploration offered this spring 2007 semester at the colorado school of mines

A new course entitled "Introduction to Space Exploration" (MNGN 498A) is being offered this Spring 2007 semester at the Colorado School of Mines on Mondays from 6:00 to 6:50 PM in Alderson Hall 151. This course will be taught by several members of the Center, as well as by visiting representatives from NASA, international space agencies (ESA, JAXA), industry partners (Ball Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Pioneer Astronautics, Aerospace Exchange), NASA astronauts, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and from representatives of the space-commerce community.
The purpose of the course (which will be the first in a multi-departmental series of courses focused on space resources) is to give the student a panoramic view of the current state of space exploration activities around the world and to expose him/her to the potential opportunities in the scientific, engineering, business, policy, and commercial areas of this field.

DR. Robert King's lunar soil excavation trade study selected for NASA funding
(January 23, 2007)

Dr. Robert King's proposal entitled "Evaluation of Lunar Soil Excavation and Handling Concepts," was selected for funding by the NASA team responsible for evaluating excavation and material transport equipment on the lunar surface.


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