On 28, september, 2018, the Mining Space Summit, a one-day workshop organized to foster the increasingly vibrant dialogue around the development of the space resource utilization sector, took place in Luxembourg.
As global investment in space resources companies and capabilities increases and new sources of demand for space resources materialize, outstanding challenges remain. Two challenges in particular will be key in enabling the success of the sector: the viability of business models and the development of critical technologies and operations.
To address these challenges, engagement between the “terrestrial” mining industry, those industrial entities currently mining on Earth, and the space community is key. The workshop hosted about 100 stakeholders from across the mining, space, financial and government communities to facilitate a productive dialogue on these points. Over the course of the day, participants identified and discussed opportunities, challenges, as well as similarities and differences within space resources business models and critical technologies and operations.