Upcoming Events

Highlights:

[SEMINAR]
An Integrated Economics Model for ISRU in Support of a Mars Colony
Robert Shishko
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory


6pm
Tuesday, 27th October
Physics Theatre
Old Main Building (Building ref K14)
UNSW Kensington Campus

Human ventures in space are entering a new phase in which missions formerly driven by government agencies are now being replaced by those led by commercial enterprises – in launch, satellite deployment, resupply of the International Space Station, and space tourism. In the not-too-distant future, commercial opportunities will also include the mining of asteroids, the Moon, and Mars. This talk examines the role of In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) and Off-Earth Mining (OEM) in a growing space economy. (The term ‘mining’ is taken to embrace minerals, ice/water, and other in situ resources.) OEM can be the engine that drives the space economy, so it would be useful to understand what OEM market conditions and technology requirements are needed for that economy to prosper. With that as the goal, this talk describes four quantitative technical and business models that we have developed and integrated to address the economics of OEM in the context of a Mars Colony. Such a colony will need in situ resources not only for its own survival, but to prosper and grow, it must create viable business ventures, essentially by fulfilling the demand for in situ resources from and on Mars. One result of our in-progress work is the recognition of the need to apply systems architecting methods and tools to address the Human Colonization of Mars (HCM).

[SEMINAR]
Interplanetary Supply Chain Management: Some Fundamental Concepts and Models
Robert Shishko
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory


1pm
Thursday, 29th October
Seminar Room G3
Electrical Engineering Building
UNSW Kensington Campus

Sustained exploration of the Earth-Moon-Mars system and beyond will require careful consideration of supply chains at the interplanetary scale. Old logistics paradigms, such as those employed during the Apollo or International Space Station programs, will not be viable at such scales. For humans to venture to other worlds, logistics and supply chain considerations must be integral part of the trade-space from which cost-effective space exploration architectures emerge. This talk discusses some of the fundamental concepts and building blocks needed to model interplanetary supply chains. Over the last few years, these concepts and models, developed largely at JPL and MIT, have been used to investigate alternatives for sending and sustaining humans on Mars, and to inform NASA long-term planning.

[PUBLIC LECTURE]
Landing on a Comet: The Rosetta Mission
Prof Monica Grady CBE
Professor of Planetary and Space Sciences
The Open University, UK


6:30pm
Tuesday, 3rd November
Clancy Auditorium
UNSW Kensington Campus

Please click here to go to the Off Earth Mining Forum website for the description and RSVP details for this event.

[PUBLIC LECTURE]
NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission
Brian Muirhead
ARM Project Manager
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Chief Engineer


6:30pm
Thursday, 5th November
Clancy Auditorium
UNSW Kensington Campus

Please click here to go to the Off Earth Mining Forum website for the description and RSVP details for this event.

2nd OFF-EARTH MINING FORUM
4th - 6th November 2015
Australian Technology Park
Locomotive Street, Eveleigh NSW 2015

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL WEBSITE AND DRAFT PROGRAM.

The first Off-Earth Mining Forum, held at UNSW Australia's Kensington campus in February 2013 was an extraordinary event. Media coverage had a reach of over 8 million people across the world, with radio coverage in the UK and US, newspaper coverage in India and New Zealand and coverage by all Australian television networks. The second Off-Earth Mining Forum, to be held in November 2015 in conjunction with the third International Future Mining Conference, will be even bigger. The excitement generated by this research, fundamental to the establishment of economies in space, is growing.

The forum will host speakers from across the spectrum of off-earth mining issues: missions, resources, mining technologies, robotics, automation, instrumentation, legal impediments, business risks, and ethical considerations.

Asteroid mining companies are set to launch their first spacecraft in the near future, and the NASA is planning colonisation in near future by using resources available in space through off-earth mining research activities. If you'd like to know what they're planning and what they need to do to make it happen, we'll see you at the Second Off-Earth Mining Forum as part of the Third International Future Mining Conference.

If you would like to enquire about any of these events please email us.

For past events click here.