CLS ISU and LSA Leading Professional Training in Space Resources Utilization


Tremendous success for the first edition of the Space Resources Professional Course (SRPC) co-organized by the Colorado School of Mines CLS, International Space University ISU and the Luxembourg Space Agency LSA which took place at the state-of-the-art facilities of the Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg city.

The two-day course attracted more than 50 professionals from all backgrounds and industries representing startups like Rio Tinto, OffWorld and long-established companies like Airbus, Total and other organizations like ESA and NASA.

The curriculum was by developed and delivered by experts from the three organizations:

Chris Welch is ISU’s Master of Space Studies program director and professor of Space Engineering.
Angel Abbud-Madrid is the Director of the Center for Space Resources at the Colorado School of Mines.  
Mathias Link is Director of International Affairs and SpaceResources.lu at the Luxembourg Space Agency.
Christopher Dreyer is the Associate Director for Engineering of the Center for Space Resources and faculty member of the Space Resources Program at the Colorado School of Mines.

The course provided an overview of the space resources field, including the current knowledge of available resources in the Solar System, identification, collection, extraction, processing, and utilization systems under development, economic and technical feasibility studies, legal and policy issues, and space exploration architectures and commercial ventures that may be enabled by utilizing extraterrestrial resources in the near future.

Amir Notea from sim.space confirms:

"The course was very good – it helped me organize my knowledge, fill in some gaps and identify potential customers of space resources. Working in small groups to create a space resources utilization plan that incorporates knowledge of resources found in space, the technologies needed to extract and process them into useful products, and the customers of these products was a very useful exercise.”

Close to one fifth of the attendance consisted in ISU alumni!

Kathryn Dunlop an ISU alumna (Space Studies Program SSP09) and Space System Engineer at Airbus Defence and Space reiterates the importance of training in this area:

“I’d like to thank you all for a really great experience this week. I greatly enjoyed the course, your lectures, and having the opportunity to get up to speed with the field of space resources. Your efforts in organizing this are very much appreciated!”.

Other alumni include:
Jim Keravala, OffWorld, SSP97 - Julio Aprea, ESA, MSS05 – Andre Fonseca Prince, DLR - Robotics and Mechatronics Institute, SSP18 - Abigail Calzada Diaz, ispace, SSP11/MSS12 – Scott Yim, KBR Wyle NASA Ames, MSS13 – Andrei Sapera, SSP18 – Danijela Stupar, International Space University, MSS13/MSS15B - Piero Messina, ESA, MSS99 - Joshua Izenberg, OffWorld, SSP97

Hereby a few visual memories from the first Space Resources Professional Course. A second one is already under discussion.

“Space mining towards the use of space resources” is the slogan of LSA which with the support of the Luxembourg government is leading the way worldwide in this area. And ISU alumni are definitely in the lead of space resources utilization!