European Planetary Science Congress 2017
17–22 September 2017
Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija | Riga | Latvia

MT3/SB13

In-Space Resource Utilization: Opportunities and Scientific Constraints (co-organized)
Convener: A. Graps  | Co-Conveners: Elvis , P. Metzger , Galache , E. Asphaug 
Oral programme
 / Tue, 19 Sep, 09:00–10:30  / Room Venus
Poster programme
 / Attendance Tue, 19 Sep, 17:45–19:15  / Poster area
The space missions of the lunar and asteroid miners rest on a deep knowledge of the physical properties of the small body. However, because the two domains of space engineers and small body planetary scientists have different dependencies on their funding streams, the two domains have been working relatively separately from the other. The two need each other: The scientists need more proof of the applications of their work to satisfy their funding agencies, and the engineers need more science for the success of their mission planning.

In 2016, the country of Luxembourg became a new and dominating entrant in the field of in-space resource utilization (ISRU), providing tangible support to companies already working or wishing to work in this new domain. This session offers an opportunity to present work on challenges and progress in ISRU from both an industry and a scientific perspective.