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Mongo
post Apr 18 2012, 08:07 PM
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Are Ross Perot Jr. and Google's Founders Launching a New Asteroid Mining Operation?
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On Tuesday, a new company called Planetary Resources will announce its existence at the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery at The Museum of Flight in Seattle. It's not clear what the firm does, but its roster of backers incudes Google cofounders Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, filmmaker James Cameron, former Microsoftie (and space philanthropist) Charles Simonyi, and Ross Perot Jr., son of the former presidential candidate.
According to the company's press release (below):
[...] the company will overlay two critical sectors – space exploration and natural resources – to add trillions of dollars to the global GDP. This innovative start-up will create a new industry and a new definition of ‘natural resources’.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2012
*** Media Alert *** Media Alert *** Media Alert ***
Space Exploration Company to Expand Earth's Resource Base
WHAT: Join visionary Peter H. Diamandis, M.D.; leading commercial space entrepreneur Eric Anderson; former NASA Mars mission manager Chris Lewicki; and planetary scientist & veteran NASA astronaut Tom Jones, Ph.D. on Tuesday, April 24 at 10:30 a.m. PDT in Seattle, or via webcast, as they unveil a new space venture with a mission to help ensure humanity's prosperity.
Supported by an impressive investor and advisor group, including Google’s Larry Page & Eric Schmidt, Ph.D.; film maker & explorer James Cameron; Chairman of Intentional Software Corporation and Microsoft’s former Chief Software Architect Charles Simonyi, Ph.D.; Founder of Sherpalo and Google Board of Directors founding member K. Ram Shriram; and Chairman of Hillwood and The Perot Group Ross Perot, Jr., the company will overlay two critical sectors – space exploration and natural resources – to add trillions of dollars to the global GDP. This innovative start-up will create a new industry and a new definition of ‘natural resources’.
The news conference will be held at the Museum of Flight in Seattle on Tuesday, April 24 at 10:30 a.m. PDT and available online via webcast.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 24
10:30 a.m. PDT
WHO: Charles Simonyi, Ph.D., Space Tourist, Planetary Resources, Inc. Investor
Eric Anderson, Co-Founder & Co-Chairman, Planetary Resources, Inc.
Peter H. Diamandis, M.D., Co-Founder & Co-Chairman, Planetary Resources, Inc.
Chris Lewicki, President & Chief Engineer, Planetary Resources, Inc.
Tom Jones, Ph.D., Planetary Scientist, Veteran NASA Astronaut & Planetary Resources, Inc. Advisor
WHERE: Charles Simonyi Space Gallery at The Museum of Flight
9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle, WA 98108
Event will also be streamed online.
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post Apr 25 2012, 06:26 PM
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Impact in Western Australia? When there are so many other places just crying out to be obliterated? No, I prefer the idea of lunar orbit.

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- Mongo   Asteroid Mining by 'Planetary Resources'   Apr 18 2012, 08:07 PM
- - Phil Stooke   And for another view of this: http://www.geekwire...   Apr 18 2012, 08:21 PM
- - ngunn   As I recall the other space operator that has reso...   Apr 18 2012, 10:01 PM
- - Mongo   Here is a report co-written by Chris Lewicki, Pres...   Apr 18 2012, 10:16 PM
- - The Singing Badger   BBC report: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-env...   Apr 24 2012, 01:21 PM
- - Mongo   Here is a more in-depth analysis of what Planetary...   Apr 24 2012, 01:44 PM
- - Explorer1   Stream on now, playing music: http://www.spacevidc...   Apr 24 2012, 05:17 PM
- - Explorer1   Starting now.   Apr 24 2012, 05:32 PM
- - jasedm   I can see this thread being pulled if certain aven...   Apr 24 2012, 06:37 PM
- - TheAnt   Any prospecting they might do will add to knowledg...   Apr 24 2012, 08:55 PM
|- - ngunn   They talk about doing the mining in space and retu...   Apr 24 2012, 10:23 PM
- - Astro0   "...causing it to impact in - say - Western A...   Apr 25 2012, 02:48 AM
- - stevesliva   I actually assumed that they mentioned the asteroi...   Apr 25 2012, 03:12 AM
- - Drkskywxlt   I'd like to learn more about the capabilities ...   Apr 25 2012, 03:26 PM
- - Fran Ontanaya   They may be busy enough studying known NEOs when t...   Apr 25 2012, 03:41 PM
- - Phil Stooke   Impact in Western Australia? When there are so ma...   Apr 25 2012, 06:26 PM
- - ngunn   Renting out a suitable target area could be a lucr...   Apr 25 2012, 08:48 PM
- - djellison   Actually - smallish, metalic asteroids don't m...   Apr 25 2012, 10:52 PM
- - Mongo   I very much doubt that PRI intends to return the e...   Apr 25 2012, 11:55 PM


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