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Fueling Our Space Future

The Space Capital Podcast

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November 24, 2017

With a number of new plans emerging to take humans to the moon and Mars, the question of affordable transportation remains. Our guest, Chris Lewicki—CEO of Planetary Resources, has a solution.

With a number of new plans emerging to take humans to the moon and Mars, the question of affordable transportation remains. Our guest, Chris Lewicki—CEO of Planetary Resources, has a solution. The asteroid-mining company ​plans to drastically reduce the cost of deep space missions by ​refueling launch vehicles ​in space ​with ​water extracted from asteroids.​ ​Their technology enables rockets bound for Mars, and other destinations, ​to ​carry five times more cargo than what’s possible today​, without simply building larger vehicles. In this episode we're discussing asteroid mining, how it works, the market opportunity, and who's going to pay for this water.

show notes

  • See plans for the world's first commercial deep space exploration mission (video).
  • Space-mining may be only a decade away. Really. (Washington Post).
  • In a new space age, Goldman suggests investors make it big in asteroids (CNBC).
  • Five grand ideas that will shape this century - in charts (BBC).
  • Space Angels provides unparalleled access to the best space startups - Planetary Resources is just one of many great examples. With many more compelling space investment opportunities in our pipeline, there has never been a better time to invest in space startups.