Final Announcement
October 2000


Colorado School of Mines
Lunar and Planetary Institute
National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Joe Burris,
David Criswell, University of Houston
Michael B. Duke, Lunar and Planetary Institute
Mike O'Neal, NASA Kennedy Space Center
Sanders Rosenberg, InSpace Propulsion, Inc.
Kevin Reed, Marconi, Inc.
Gerald B. Sanders, NASA Johnson Space Center
Frank Schowengerdt, Colorado School of Mines
Bill Sharp, Colorado School of Mines

The second Space Resources Roundtable will be held at the Green Conference Center on the campus of the Colorado School of Mines on November 8–10, 2000. The Roundtable sessions will begin on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. following the continental breakfast and registration. The campus is located 15 miles west of downtown Denver and is approximately a 40-minute drive from Denver International Airport. Conference activities will include an opening reception and a dinner on the second evening. Lunches will be provided to participants each day. Registrants are responsible for making their own lodging and travel arrangements. A list of nearby accommodations and an area map are provided.

The preliminary program and abstracts are now available. Authors of abstracts submitted should consult this program for information regarding their presentations. Not all of the abstracts submitted could be scheduled for oral presentation and still allow adequate time for discussion. Those abstracts not scheduled for presentation will be included in the abstract volume distributed at the meeting, and the authors of these "print-only" abstracts are encouraged to attend and take part in the discussions. If your abstract has been scheduled for an oral presentation, please note the time frame allocated for your talk. Please allow 5 minutes at the end of your talk for discussion.

The program was constructed from invited and contributed abstracts. On the first morning, attention will be focused on the new NASA HEDS Technology and Commercialization Initiative, with a lead presentation by the NASA Program Manager, John Mankins, and the lead for Space Resource Development, Gerry Sanders. This program is part of the President's budget proposal for NASA, currently being debated by Congress. In the discussion periods, attendees will be broken into three parallel breakout groups to independently discuss and assess a set of questions developed prior to the workshop and to prepare a set of conclusions and recommendations by the end of the workshop. This first discussion session will focus on evaluating the Space Resources Development theme in the HTCI.

The first afternoon will address issues surrounding space mining and economic resource extraction from asteroids and the Moon. The session will include a proposal by Jim Blacic of the Los Alamos National Laboratory to form a Planetary Engineering Research Institute, modeled after the Lunar and Planetary Institute. This proposal will be evaluated in the discussion period.

The third session, on Thursday morning, will deal with commercial development of space resources, including the concept of space tourism and space manufacturing, but also including some historical perspectives on space resources development. The fourth session includes a number of presentations on technical aspects of space resource extraction and utilization. The discussion session will be devoted to preparing short summaries and conclusions and recommendations from breakout groups.

Friday morning, we will convene a panel dealing with property rights in resource development. This will be followed by a presentation of conclusions and recommendations from each of the breakout groups. These conclusions and recommendations will be forwarded to NASA and others for consideration in program planning activities.

The preregistration fee for the Roundtable is $225 (US), which includes reception, dinner, lunches, and coffee/soft drinks. Preregistrations at this rate will be accepted through October 16, 2000. Registrations received after that date will be assessed a $25 late fee. Registrants should complete the downloadable preregistration form and mail it to the Colorado School of Mines (see address on form). Substitutions may be made at any time without penalty. Requests for cancellation and a refunded fee will be accepted through October 16, 2000. No refunds will be made to registrants who fail to substitute or cancel by the October 16 deadline.

Walk-in registration will be available beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 8, 2000. The rate for walk-in registration is $250, which includes the $25 late fee mentioned above.

For further information concerning the scientific content of the program, contact Michael Duke at

To register, contact the Office of Special Programs and Continuing Education (SPACE), Colorado School of Mines, at 303-273-3321 (phone); fax: 303-273-3314 (fax); or (e-mail), or through their Web site at

October 16Preregistration deadline
November 8–10Space Resources Roundtable II at Colorado School of Mines

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