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Launching material into space is an enormously expensive business. Even drinking water transported to the international space station is around 20 times more expensive than a good single malt. But rather than lifting material from the bottom of the Earth’s deep gravity well, perhaps we can use material that’s already out there. For example, water can be baked-out of near Earth asteroids using solar heat, while metal-rich asteroids could provide resources for space construction. This talk will consider both the engineering challenges in utilising asteroid resources and key questions for the future: who owns asteroid resources and who regulates access to this new high frontier?
About the Speaker
Colin McInnes is James Watt Chair, Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Glasgow. His group’s recent work has included research on the capture, processing and utilisation of near Earth asteroid resources, covered in WIRED, Forbes and the MIT Technology Review.
This is event is free to attend, although we will be asking for donations at the end of the talk. Participants are under no obligation whatsoever to donate, however please rest assured that the money we collect doesn't end up in anyone's pocket - it is used to fund our overhead costs, and travel/accommodation for our speakers who come from further afield.
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