In-Space Resource Utilization: Opportunities and Scientific Constraints (co-organized)
|Convener: A. Graps | Co-Conveners: Elvis , P. Metzger , Galache , E. Asphaug|
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.