News and Events

june, 2017

Mines team participates at 2017 nasa rasc-al mars ice challenge

A team of Mines students succesfully recovered water from a Martian soil/ice simulant at the Mars Ice Challenge held in the NASA Langley Research Center to commemorate its 100th anniversary.

The team took second place overall, winning the lightest system award with an apparatus consisting of a drill and heating element to extract water from an ice block located a meter below the Martian soil simulant.

See the team in action in WVEC-TV in Norfolk, VA and 9News in Denver, CO.

May, 2017

8th joint meeting of the SPACE RESOURCES ROUNDtaBLE and the planetary & terrestrial mining Sciences symposium (may 1 - 3, 2017)

The joint 8th meeting of the Space Resources Roundtable (SRR) and the Planetary & Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium (PTMSS) was held on May 1-3, 2017 in conjunction with the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) 2017 Convention in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The meeting had technical presentations and roundtable discussions on lunar, asteroidal, and Martian resources, including mining and extraction operations, space commerce, space policy and law, international efforts, and mission concepts.

Abstracts and presentations can be found in the SRR website.

October, 2016

CSM hosts the 5th AIAA-Rocky Mountain section Technical symposium on october 21, 2016

In collaboration with Lockheed Martin and sponsored by CSM's College of Engineering and Computational Sciences, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)-Rocky Mountain Section Technical Symposium took place at CSM on October 21, 2016. This was a one-day event of technical sessions, discussion panels, and sponsor booths to present, collaborate, network, and share ideas about new technologies and implementation strategies in the aerospace industry. More than 250 attendants participated from universities, industry, and government.

More information can be found on the AIAA-RM website.

JUNE, 2016

CSR director, angel abbud-madrid presents at tedx milehigh make+believe event (june 25, 2016)

CSR Director, Angel Abbud-Madrid presented a talk entitled, "How to Live Off the Land in Space," at the TEDx MileHigh Make+Believe event in the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, CO on June 25, 2016.

Watch his talk at: TEDx MileHigh

 

CSR featured on space.com article on ula's cislunar 1000 vision

"This plan has reinvigorated the ISRU community by challenging it to re-evaluate all steps of the ISRU process — from prospecting to utilization — to meet these targets," said CSR Director, Angel Abbud-Madrid. ULA's CisLunar 1000 vision was announced at the Space Ressources Roundtable meeting held at CSM in June, 2016.

The full-length article can be found at Space.com.

 

CSR participates on mars isru study

The Mars Water In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) Planning (M-WIP) Study, a first-order analysis of supply-side planning from potential water resource deposits on Mars, was jointly requested by NASA-SMD and NASA-HEOMD in January, 2016. It followed the strong interest generated on Mars ISRU at the Mars First Landing Site/Exploration Zone Workshop for Human Missions, held in October, 2015. The M-WIP study was released at the Space Ressources Roundatble (SRR) meeting held at CSM.

This report may be downloaded from the SRR website

 

7th joint meeting of the SPACE RESOURCES ROUNDtaBLE and the planetary & terrestrial mining Sciences symposium (june 7 - 9, 2016)

The 7th joint meeting of The Space Resources Roundtable (SRR) and the Planetary & Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium (PTMSS) was held on June 7-9, 2016 at the Colorado School of Mines, in Golden, CO.

With a total of 82 attendees, there were 45 technical presentations and 3 roundtable discussions on lunar, Martian, and asteroidal ISRU activities, as well as the latest economic models, legal and policy contributions, international participation, and private sector involvement in this field.

More information can be found in the SRR webpage

december, 2015

CSR featured on space.com article on nasa's first human-to-mars mission isru strategies

CSR Director Angel Abbud-Madrid provided comments on NASA's plans for a mission to send humans to Mars in the 2030s. ISRU was a topic of much discussion at NASA's First Landing Site/Exploration Zone Workshop for Human Missions to the Surface of Mars, which was held in October at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston. The meeting brought together planetary scientists and ISRU experts to work side-by-side as part of an extended effort to select the first landing site and exploration zone in the Red Planet.

The full-length article can be found at Space.com.

 

Mines fire extinguishers launched to the international Space Station on december 6th

Water-mist portable fire extinguishers designed and tested with the help of Colorado School of Mines faculty and students were launched to the International Space Station on Dec. 6 on the Orbital ATK OA-4 mission aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. These extinguishers will protect the equipment and lives of astronauts in case of any fire event onboard for years to come.

More information and photos can be found in articles published in the Denver Post and the Mines Newsroom..

October, 2015

Colorado Public Radio featured CSR research on asteroid mining

Center researchers Angel Abbud-Madrid and Christopher Dreyer were featured on a Colorado Public Radio story about their role on the Asteroid Optical Mining project. They are collaborating with Trans Astra and the Missouri University of Science and Technology to develop technologies to extract volatile resources from asteroids to manufacture propellants for space applications.

You can listen to the story on CPR's website..

June, 2015

CSM to host the 4th AIAA-Rocky Mountain section Technical symposium on november 6, 2015

In collaboration with Lockheed Martin and sponsored by CSM's College of Engineering and Computational Sciences, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)-Rocky Mountain Section Technical Symposium will take place at CSM on November 6, 2015. This is a one-day event of technical sessions, discussion panels, and sponsor booths to present, collaborate, network, and share ideas about new technologies and implementation strategies in the aerospace industry. Around 250 attendants are expected from universities, industry, and government in the Rocky Mountain region.

More information can be found on the AIAA-RM website.

May, 2015

6th joint meeting of the SPACE RESOURCES ROUNDtaBLE and the planetary & terrestrial mining Sciences symposium (may 10 - 13, 2015)

The Space Resources Roundtable (SRR) and the Planetary & Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium (PTMSS) held their sixth joint meeting on May 10-13, 2015 in conjunction with the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) 2015 Convention in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

This year's meeting included keynote speakers, technical presentations, and a technology demonstration booth at the CIM conference.

More information can be found on the SRR website at: http://www.isruinfo.com

February, 2015

csr to participate on NASA ESI and SBIR Phase I optical mining projects

The Center for Space Resources is partnering with Joel Sercel from ICS Associates, Inc. and Leslie Gertsch from the Missouri University of Science and Technology on two projects focused on demonstrating optical mining technologies. Angel Abbud-Madrid and Christopher Dreyer will lead the effort at CSM.

The first project was awarded by NASA's Early Stage Innovations (ESI) program and will utilize CSR's ultra-high vacuum chamber to extract volatile elements from asteroid simulant material and from meteorites. The second project was awarded by NASA's SBIR program and will utilize CSR's microgravity high-intensity heating apparatus to extract and measure volatile components on material with similar properties to asteroids.

Project descriptions can be found on the NASA ESI and SBIR websites.

JUNE, 2014

5th joint meeting of the SPACE RESOURCES ROUNDtaBLE and the planetary & terrestrial mining Sciences symposium (june 10 - 11, 2014)

The 5th joint meeting of The Space Resources Roundtable (SRR) and the Planetary & Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium (PTMSS) was held on June 10-11, 2014 at the Colorado School of Mines, in Golden, CO.

Besides 20 technical presentations and 2 roundtable-discussion sessions, there were presentations from Planetary Resources, Moon Express, Deep Space Industries, and Shackleton Energy, four private sector companies with ongoing plans for exploration and extraction of space resources.

More information can be found in the SRR webpage

november, 2013

 

 

csr to participate with newly selected impact sservi institute

The Center for Space Resources is partnering with the Institute for Modeling Plasma, Atmospheres, and Cosmic Dust (IMPACT) to conduct dust impact modeling and ISRU experimental work. IMPACT is a proposal led by the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado, Boulder, which has been selected by NASA's newly created Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). IMPACT is a 5-year $6 million award with partners including CU Boulder and Colorado School of Mines, as well as international collaborators from Belgium, Canada, Germany, and Russia.

The research to be conducted at IMPACT contributes to safeguarding interplanetary missions against dust and radiation hazard, and after reaching a destination (Moon, Near Earth Objects, and the moons of Mars Phobos and Deimos), sustaining our robotic and/or human presence.

june, 2013

4th joint meeting of the SPACE RESOURCES ROUNDtaBLE and the planetary & terrestrial mining Sciences symposium (may 5 - 8, 2013)

The Space Resources Roundtable (SRR) and the Planetary & Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium (PTMSS) held their fourth joint meeting on May 5-8, 2013 in conjunction with the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) 2013 Convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

This year's meeting included keynote speakers, technical presentations, and 3000 ft2 of technology demonstration space on the exhibit floor accessible to all the 8,000 delegates of the CIM conference.

More information can be found on the SRR website at: http://www.isruinfo.com

december, 2012

Dr. jeff andrews-hanna participates as guest scientist on nasa's grail lunar mission

Jeff Andrews-Hanna participated as guest scientist on NASA's GRAIL mission, which developed a high resolution lunar gravity map revealing new information about how the earth's moon and other planets may have formed. Jeff used gravity gradiometry to identify a population of giant dikes that were previously unknown. These reveal a period of early lunar expansion as the interior of the Moon was warming up during its first 500 Myr.

More information can be found at: SCIENCE, SPACE.COM, TIME, and NPR.

August, 2012

 

 

Fine Water MIst portable fire extinguisher selected for use on the international space station

A fine water mist (FWM) portable fire extinguisher (PFE) developed by ADA Technologies and Colorado School of Mines for use as the new fire suppression system for the International Space Station (ISS) passed the System Requirements Review (SRR) and Preliminary Design Review (PDR) at NASA JSC on January 12th and June 14th, 2012, respectively and is headed for its Critical Design Review (CDR) on March 21, 2013. The design, testing, and fabrication of this extinguisher is being done in collaboration with Wyle Integrated Science and Engineering, Flexial, NASA GRC, NASA WSTF, and NASA JSC, with the aim of replacing the existing CO2 extinguishers with FWM PFE units next year.

More information can be found at InnovatioNews.

JUNE, 2012

3rd joint meeting of the SPACE RESOURCES ROUNDtaBLE and the planetary & terrestrial mining Sciences symposium (june 4 - 7, 2012)

The Space Resources Roundtable (SRR) and the Planetary & Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium (PTMSS) in collaboration with the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), held their third joint meeting on June 4-7, 2012 at the Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO.

Besides 40 technical presentations and open-discussion sessions, there were keynote speakers from Planetary Resources, Moon Express, and Shackleton Energy, three private sector companies that have recently announced plans for exploration and extraction of space resources. In addition, conference attendants had the opportunity to observe the Transit of Venus and to tour the lunar regolith simulant manufacturing facilities at Zybek Advanced Products.

More information can be found in the SRR webpage at:http://www.isruinfo.com/

December, 2011

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) WILL HOLD the 13th ASCE Aerospace Division Conference on Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Challenging Environments “Engineering for Extreme Environments” ON APRIL 15 - 18, 2012

The Earth & Space 2012 Conference will unite engineers from all corners of the world to tackle the issues facing construction and operations in challenging environments, space exploration, and sustainable development on earth, in space, and other planetary bodies.

More information can be found at the ASCE Earth & Space Conference 2012 website

Christopher dreyer NASA SBIR Phase II proposal selected for funding

The NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program announced the 2011 awards on December 19, 2011. A proposal from Q-Peak, Inc. (located in Massachussetts), in collaboration with Christopher Dreyer from CSR, was selected for negotiation of contracts to fund the following SBIR Phase II project:

Q-Peak, Inc.
SBIR Proposal Title: A LIBS/Raman System for Planetary Surface Measurement
Q-Peak Principal Investigator: Bhabana Pati
CSR Investigator: Christopher Dreyer

JUNE, 2011

2nd joint meeting of the SPACE RESOURCES ROUNDtaBLE and the planetary & terrestrial mining Sciences symposium (june 19 - 22, 2011)

The Space Resources Roundtable (SRR) and the Planetary & Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium (PTMSS) in collaboration with the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), held their second joint meeting on June 19-22, 2011 at the Albert at Bay Suite Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Presentations, abstracts, and pictures of the event can be found at the SRR webpage at:http://www.isruinfo.com/

May, 2011

 

CSM mile-high miners team shines in nasa's lunabotics mining competition at nasa kennedy space center

The CSM Mile-High Miners team (MiMi) participated in the NASA Lunabotics Mining competition during the May 23rd week at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Out of 72 registered teams, 46 qualified to participate, 36 showed up at NASA Kennedy Space Center, and only 14 teams managed to deposit lunar regolith simulant in the collection bin during the 15-minute competition runs. CSM's MiMi finished 7th in the excavation competition and 5th overall for the Joe Kosmo Award.

Congratulations to undergraduate students David McQuade, David Melton, Abe Ng, Cameron Schappel, Theresa Sung, Dane Swanson, and Mallory Tayson-Frederick, as well as to their advisors Paul van Susante and Chris Dreyer for a great performance!

 

fine water mist portable fire extinguisher project selected for zero-gravity parabolic flights by the NASA flight opportunities program

The project entilted, "Validation of Atomization Mechanism and Droplet Transport for a Portable Fire Extinguisher," was selected by the NASA Flight Opportunities Program for low-gravity testing on the Zero-G Corp. 727 aircraft for the week of July 18, 2011. These tests will provide an opportunity to demonstrate and validate this technology in a relevant spacecraft environment. CSR Director Angel Abbud-Madrid will collaborate with Jim Butz and Thierry Carriere from ADA Technologies Inc. on this project. CSM Engineering undergraduate student Cameron Emerson will participate as flight member during the week-long flight campaign.

march, 2011

2nd joint meeting of the SPACE RESOURCES ROUNDtaBLE and the planetary & terrestrial mining Sciences symposium (june 19 - 22, 2011)

The Space Resources Roundtable (SRR) and the Planetary & Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium (PTMSS) in collaboration with the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), will hold their second joint meeting on June 19-22, 2011 at the Albert at Bay Suite Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

More information of the event can be found in the SRR webpage at:http://www.isruinfo.com/

december, 2010

NASA SBIR and Sttr proposals selected for funding
(december, 2010)

The NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs announced the 2010 awards on December 8, 2010. Proposals from Massachussetts and Colorado companies, in collaboration with CSR, were selected for negotiation of contracts to fund the following SBIR and STTR Phase I projects:

Grainflow Dynamics, Inc.
SBIR Proposal Title: Centrifugal Sieve for Size-Segregation/ Beneficiation of Regolith
Grainflow Dynamics Principal Investigator: Otis Walton
CSR Investigator: Christopher Dreyer

Q-Peak, Inc.
SBIR Proposal Title: A LIBS System for Lunar Surface Measurements
Q-Peak Principal Investigator: Bhabana Pati
CSR Investigator: Christopher Dreyer

TDA Research, Inc.
STTR Proposal Title: Helium-Hydrogen Recovery System
TDA Research Principal Investigator: Steven Paglieri
CSR Investigator: Douglas Way

October, 2010

dr. jeff andrews-hanna lunar research proposal selected for funding by NASA laser program
(october, 2010)

Dr. Jeff Andrews-Hanna proposal entilted, "The Crustal Structure and Formation Mechanism of Lunar Multi-ring Basins," has been selected for funding for the 1/1/11 - 12/31/13 period by the NASA Lunar Advanced Science and Exploration Research (LASER) program.

september, 2010

dr. jeff andrews-hanna titan research proposal selected for funding by NASA opr program
(september, 2010)

Dr. Jeff Andrews-Hanna proposal entilted, "The Hydrology of Titan: An Integrated Topographic, Geomorphic, and Modeling Approach," has been selected for funding for the 1/1/11 - 12/31/13 period by the NASA Outer Planets Research (OPR) program.

june, 2010

1st joint meeting of the SPACE RESOURCES ROUNDtaBLE and the planetary & terrestrial mining Sciences symposium (june 8 - 10, 2010)

The Space Resources Roundtable (SRR) and the Planetary & Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium (PTMSS) in collaboration with the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) and the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), held their first joint meeting on June 8-10, 2010 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO.

Presentations, abstracts, and pictures of the event can be found at the SRR webpage at:http://www.isruinfo.com/

FebrUary, 2010

1st joint meeting of the SPACE RESOURCES ROUNDtaBLE and the planetary & terrestrial mining Sciences symposium (june 8 - 10, 2010)

The Space Resources Roundtable (SRR) and the Planetary & Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium (PTMSS) in collaboration with the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) and the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), will convene their first joint meeting on June 8-10, 2010 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO.

For more information please visit the SRR-PTMSS meeting webpage at: http://csmspace.com/srr/

december, 2009

csr and lunar excavator on discovery channel

The Center for Space Resources and the lunar excavator built by the CSM LunOrediggers student team are featured on the Sci-Trek: Mining the Moon documentary of the Discovery Channel. For a preview of the show check the Moon Prospecting video.

From Sci-Trek: Mining the Moon series:
"When Humankind returns to the Moon, this time the plan is to mine its surface for hidden resources. Elements like hydrogen and oxygen, trapped in the lunar soil, are the keys to a permanent colony and for future missions to Mars and beyond."

october, 2009

NASA SBIR phase Ii proposal selected for funding
(october 6, 2009)

The NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program announced the 2009 awards on October 6, 2009. A proposal from ADA Technologies, Inc., in collaboration with CSR, was selected for negotiation of contract to fund the following SBIR Phase II project on the area of spacecraft fire protection:

ADA Technologies, Inc.
Proposal Title: Advanced Portable Fine Water Mist Extinguisher for Spacecraft
ADA Technologies Principal Investigator:James Butz
CSR Investigator: Angel Abbud-Madrid

september, 2009

csM co-edits book on drilling in extreme environments

CSM faculty members Chris Dreyer, Bill Eustes, William Fleckenstein, and Ning Lu have co-authored a comprehensive book entitled, "Drilling in Extreme Environments," which investigates drilling and excavation on Earth, in ice, under water and on other planets and moons. It also addresses principles of drilling, contamination, and sample processing. The book was published by Wiley-VCH on September 15, 2009 and it is available at Amazon.

november, 2008

NASA SBIR phase i proposal selected for funding
(november 24, 2008)

The NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program announced the 2008 awards on November 24, 2008. A proposal from ADA Technologies, Inc., in collaboration with CSR, was selected for negotiation of contract to fund the following SBIR Phase I project on the area of spacecraft fire protection:

ADA Technologies, Inc.
Proposal Title: Test of Advanced Fine Water Mist Nozzles in a Representative Spacecraft Atmosphere
ADA Technologies Principal Investigator:James Butz
CSR Investigator: Angel Abbud-Madrid

September, 2008

apollo 17 lunar dust samples arrive at csm (september 5, 2008)

Several samples of lunar soil particles collected during the Apollo 17 mission were brought to CSM's Advanced Mineralogy Research Center (AMRC) for a quantification analysis looking at proportions of various glass types. The AMRC is currently conducting mineral characterization studies of lunar samples from the Apollo missions, as well as of most of the available lunar regolith simulants.

august, 2008

csm lunorediggers compete at nasa regolith excavation challenge (august 2, 2008)

LunOrediggers, a team of 17 CSM students participated on the NASA Lunar Regolith Excavation Challenge held on the California Polytechnic State University campus on August 2, 2008. Out of the 25 registered teams, the LunOrediggers became one of the 9 finalists and one of only two universities left at the end of the competition. Although none of the final teams claimed the $500,000 first prize, the LunOrediggers rover moved one step closer to achieving the extremely challenging task of excavating 150 Kg of lunar regolith in 30 minutes on a totally autonomous operation.

For more information consult the NASA 2008 Regolith Challenge link

April, 2008

mou signed between univ. of hawaii at hilo and csm
(april 4, 2008)

A research and educational partnership between CSM and the University of Hawaii, Hilo (UHH) was established on April 4, 2008 through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Center for Space Resources at CSM and the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES) at UH Hilo.

For more information consult this Space-Travel.com link

January, 2008

NASA SBIR proposals selected for funding
(january 14, 2008)

The NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program announced the 2007 awards on November 16, 2007. Proposals from New York and Colorado companies, in collaboration with CSR, were selected for negotiation of contracts to fund the following SBIR Phase I and Phase II projects, respectively.

Honeybee Robotics
Proposal Title: Surface System Dust Mitigation
TAI Principal Investigator:Jason Herman
CSR Investigator: Masami Nakagawa

SysRAND Corporation
Proposal Title: MPED: An ISRU Bucket Ladder Excavator Demonstrator System
SysRAND Principal Investigator: Donald Arbuckle
CSR Investigators: Paul Van Susante and Angel Abbud-Madrid

 

DR. Robert King's lunar soil excavation trade study renewed by nASA KSC
(January 14, 2008)

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

november, 2007

 

NEW COURSE FOR SPRING 2008!

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

SPACE RESOURCES ROUNDtaBLE IX MEETING
(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:

http://www.isruinfo.com

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

EIGHTH CONTINENT PROJECT LAUNCHED

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

LUNAR
VENTURES 2007

FIRST PRIZE

Omega Sensors
(San Diego State Univ)

RUNNERS UP

AIMSense
(MIT)

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

ViraTag
(Georgia Inst. of Tech
& Emory Univ.)

OMEGA SENSORS WINS LUNAR VENTURES
STUDENT BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION




 

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:

http://www.8clunarventures.com

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

DR. GREGORY LINTERIS
Payload Specialist Astronaut
STS-83 and STS-94 MISSIONS (SPACE SHUTTLE Columbia)
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

NEW COURSE!

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.

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

SPACE RESOURCES ROUNDtaBLE MEETING
(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:

http://www.isruinfo.com

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:

http://www.lunarventures.org

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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