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Thursday, April 19, 2012

"Earth is a crumb in a supermarket full of resources ..." says Peter Diamandis

Billionaire investors have formed a new company called Planetary Resources which will publicly announce its intentions in Seattle, Washington on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 1:30 PM EST at the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery. The media buzz expectations anticipate a mining of off-Earth mineral resources from near earth object asteroids (NEO's) commercial venture.

While details of the company, called Planetary Resources, Inc., and its mission are still under wraps, officials with the enterprise did state that "the company will overlay two critical sectors — space exploration and natural resources — to add trillions of dollars to the global GDP," according to media alert sent to reporters April 18, 2012.

Billionaires Charles Simonyi, Google's Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, plus fellow billionaires K. Ram Shriram and Ross Perot Jr. (son of the former presidential candidate), plus filmmaker James Cameron are among the investors lead by risk-taker Peter Diamandis and Eric Anderson.

Mining the sky for resources has been the topic of books, university graduate space studies classes, and joint private-academic research. Never before has such a financial luminary group formed a private sector business venture to mine asteroids, the Moon or other planets. Diamandis discusses his resource view of the solar system in a 2005 TedTalk.  Update from The Wall Street Journal.

1 comment:

Androw said...

Awesome read