One of the biggest reasons so few seem willing to invest in space travel, is that there’s just not much out there anyone wants. Or at least we haven’t found anything worthwhile out there, yet. The thing is, there’s probably plenty we want and need floating around out in the cosmos, its just that no one is willing to take the risk necessary to go out and find it.
Or rather most aren’t willing to. Luckily James Cameron isn’t most people.
The epic sci-fi filmmaker is currently part of a space exploration company called Planetary Resources. Other backers of the company include Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergei Brin, billionaire Ross Perot Jr., and former Microsoft exec Charles Simonyi. The company’s goal? Asteroid mining.
Here’s an excerpt from their recently published press release:
…the company will overlay two critical sectors – space exploration and natural resources – to add trillions of dollars to the global GDP. This innovative start-up will create a new industry and a new definition of ‘natural resources’.
Just exactly how they plan to go about doing any of this remains a mystery, a mystery which may be solved as soon as next week. MIT’s Technology Review says Planetary Resources will hold a press conference at the Museum of Flight in Seattle on Tuesday, April 24 at 10:30 a.m.