Thursday, July 12, 2012

Mining Asteroids

Collaborative Construction has been paying close attention to the natural resource sector over the past couple of years.  I've written dozens of oil & gas related posts, but have not delved very deeply into mining yet.  In January I presented three collaborative workshops in Western Canada and came away impressed with the Canadian government's approach to developing its natural resources.  Consequently, I began to investigate and explore issues of potential interest to built industry professionals in my network, and for whom Collaborative Construction provides services.

I am now convinced that the mining sector, like oil & gas sector, would benefit from the involvement of built industry professionals who understand the value of IPD, BIM and lean processes and are familiar with the AEC sector's struggles to deploy those tools.  Accordingly, over the next few months I will be blogging a bit about the mining sector.

This post, which will be followed by a post on deep sea gold mining, involves the search for mineral resources off planet.  Two companies, Planetary Resources, Inc. and Virgin Galactic LLC signed an agreement where by Planetary Resources, Inc. will provide Virgin Galactic with low earth orbit launch services.  Planetary Resources long term goal is to mine Near-Earth Asteroids (NEAs) which contain significant quantities of precious metals.

Don't dismiss these efforts as science fiction.  Space X, a company founded by PayPal founder Eon Musk, just delivered 1,300 pounds of supplies to the International Space Station.  After NASA retired the Space Shuttle, the delivery of supplies to the International Space Station was temporarily outsourced to the Russians, who successfully supplied the station until the successful launch, May 22, 2012, of the Falcon 9 rocket.

These companies are on the cutting edge of space exploration and the mining of NEAs offers a tangible profit motive.  Space X is offering a private alternative for the launch of satellites, Virgin Galactic is offering space tourism, and Planetary Resources is seeking commercially viable ways to develop natural resources in space.   It all sounds like a very interesting and collaborative start to a new industry to me!

Planetary Resources and Virgin Galactic Ink Deal

P.S.  While Collaborative Construction intends to keep an eye on the nascent deep sea and space mining industries the real action will likely be ground based for the foreseeable future.  We will keep you posted regardless.

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