This course provides a broad overview of the space resources field, including the current knowledge of available resources in the Solar System, identification, collection, extraction, processing, and utilization systems under development, economic and technical feasibility studies, legal and policy issues, and space exploration architectures and commercial ventures that may be enabled by utilizing extraterrestrial resources in the near future.



At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify types, technology components, and potential customers of space resources

  2. Explain the state of space resources exploration, availability, and technologies associated with their identification, recovery, extraction, processing, and utilization

  3. Assess current technological, economic, and policy challenges in space resources

  4. Compare and contrast methods of space resource utilization

  5. Analyze technological solutions, economic models, and policy positions in space resources

  6. Create a space resources utilization plan that incorporates knowledge of resources found in space, the technologies needed to extract and process them into useful products, and the customers of these products




09:00 - 09:30 : Course Plan and Scope

09:30 - 10:20 : Definitions: The Field of Space Resources

10:30 - 11:20 : Identification of Resources Beyond Earth

11:30 - 12:20 : The Space Resource Utilization Cycle and Technology Overview

12:30 - 14:00 : LUNCH

14:00 - 14:50 : The Customers

15:00 - 15:50 : Space Resource Utilization Plan

16:00 - 16:50 : Socio-Economic, Policy, and Legal Issues

17:00 - 17:50 : International Space University and Space Resources

18:00 - 18:30 : RECEPTION



08:30 - 09:50 : Traveling through Space: Astrodynamics, Propulsion, Spacecraft Systems, and Operations

10:00 - 10:50 : Space Mining Methods

11:00 - 12:20 : Space Resources Extraction & Processing

12:30 - 14:00 : LUNCH

14:00 - 14:50 : Space Manufacturing

15:00 - 15:30 : What’s Up and Next in Space Resources?

15:30 - 16:20 : Team Project Work Time

16:30 - 17:50 : Project Presentations and Open Discussions




Chris Welch is Professor of Space Engineering at the International University in Strasbourg, France. He has a PhD in Spacecraft Engineering (Cranfield University), an MSc in Experimental Space Physics (University of Leicester) and a BSc in Physics (Cardiff University). His research interests are in space propulsion, microgravity science and planetary exploration. Chris is a former Vice-President of the International Astronautical Federation and member of European Commission H2020 Space Advisory Committee. He is also a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society (BIS), the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Royal Astronomical Society respectively. Chris sits on a number of boards including the BIS, the Spacelink Learning Foundation and the Aluna Foundation, is an advisor to the Initiative for Interstellar Studies and the Moon Village Association, and is Vice Chair of the World Space Week Association. He has extensive media experience and a significant track record in both space education and outreach and higher education, receiving the 2009 Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Space Education and 2015 IAF Distinguished Service Award.


Angel Abbud-Madrid is the Director of the Center for Space Resources at the Colorado School of Mines, where he leads a research and academic program focused on the human and robotic exploration of space and the utilization of its resources.  He has more than 30 years of experience conducting experiments in NASA’s low-gravity facilities, such as drop towers, parabolic-flight aircraft, the Space Shuttle, and the International Space Station and received the NASA Astronauts’ Personal Achievement Award in 2004 for his contributions to the success of human space flight.  He holds a B.S.E. degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from ITESM, México and Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University and the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Abbud-Madrid is currently the President of the Space Resources Roundtable, an international organization focused on lunar, asteroidal, and planetary resource studies and Observer and Technical Panel member of The Hague International Space Resources Governance Working Group.


Mathias Link is Director of International Affairs & at the Luxembourg Space Agency. He works on the definition and implementation of Luxembourg’s space sector development policy, with a focus on international affairs, legal & regulatory issues, research and education, as well as finance. He also coordinates the initiative that promotes the exploration and utilization of space resources. For the past 10 years, Mathias Link has represented Luxembourg in numerous space-related boards at the European Union, the European Space Agency and the United Nations. He was involved in the preparation of several ESA Council meetings at Ministerial level, as well as of Luxembourg's presidency of the Council of the EU in 2015. He represents Luxembourg in the ESA Council and is the current Chairman of the JCB, ESA’s satellite communications board. He is also a member of the “Hague International Space Resources Governance Working Group”. Before joining the public sector, Mathias Link worked for the management consulting company Booz Allen Hamilton, Siemens Corporate Technology in Munich and the Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven. Mathias Link holds a PhD in physics from the Université de Lorraine in France, and a Master in micro-technical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland.


Christopher Dreyer is the Associate Director for Engineering of the Center for Space Resources and faculty member of the Space Resources Program at the Colorado School of Mines, where he leads a variety of fundamental and technology development projects on space resources. He has experience with experimental methods, vacuum systems, regolith handling technology, space resources extraction methods, instrument design, sensor development, and optical/laser spectroscopy methods. His focus is on space resources and space exploration systems that make direct contact with extraterrestrial surfaces for characterization and resource extraction. He has been actively working in the space resource field for over 15 years. He holds a B.S.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dreyer is currently the Vice Chair of the American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics Space Resources Technical Committee and Member of the Executive Committee of the Aerospace Division of the American Society of Civil Engineers.



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