On Monday evening, June 4th, legions of top space researchers and entrepreneurs will converge on Golden for the third annual Space Resources Roundtable at the Colorado School of Mines. This premier conference runs from the 4th through the 7th (Monday thru Thursday) at Petroleum Hall in the Green Conference Center.
Attendees will hear the latest research leading to plans for utilizing space resources. Sessions will not be recorded. The $425 registration fee is a bit steep, but well worth the price for people who need solid information and access to all the top experts.
Past years have focused on Moon or Mars research, but this conference may include a greater emphasis on asteroid research and development. The recent formation of Planetary Resources Incorporated has led to a spurt of renewed interest in the complexities of asteroid mining.
Other guaranteed hot topics include space property rights, economical transportation or mining systems, power generation, and ISRU (In-Situ Resource Utilization, i.e. using resources in space where they are found). Must-see talks from local speakers include the Hummingbirds/Charm asteroid mission presentation by Dan Scheld of Golden’s N-Science Corporation on Tuesday morning, the Tuesday lunch keynote address by Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, and the Wednesday morning talk by CSM researcher Chris Dreyer on using microgravity to efficiently process regolith.
Mark your calendars! The latest agenda is here. Note the 6:30pm starting time on Monday, while the other days start at 8:00am.