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1 June 2014

Plans Announced to Turn Asteroids Into Space Gas Stations
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Global Thought Leaders to Converge at the 12th Annual Future in Review Conference

FRIDAY HARBOR, WA (Marketwired) –  The 12th annual Future in Review (FiRe) Conference presented by the Strategic News Service (SNS), Chris Lewicki, President and Chief Engineer of Planetary Resources, announced that the company is planning to build "gas stations" in space.

Described by The Economist as "the best technology conference in the world," FiRe features global thought leaders in technology and the global economy, and has established a new model for converting great ideas into positive global change.

In his presentation on Tuesday 20 May at FiRe, Lewicki laid out Planetary Resources' plans for creating interplanetary refueling stations. He explained ways in which human beings could quite plausibly mine the hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen available in numerous existing near-Earth "objects" to create rocket fuel, with a little investment, innovation, and entrepreneurial spirit.

If realized, such an ability would allow us to further our interests in space travel to a degree previously unimagined.

Lewicki also reinforced Planetary Resources' plans to mine asteroids for metals that could be brought back to Earth. The number of identified near-Earth asteroids, Lewicki told the crowd, continues to grow at the rate of three per day.

What is more, studies of landed samples show that these asteroids often contain enough rare metals to make these projects profitable. Some contain platinum concentrations that exceed that of the most profitable mining sites on the planet by a factor of 70.

Our current rate of technological advance, Lewicki explained, speaks greatly to our ability to make these concepts a reality, in combination with the fact that NASA already has the capability to change the course of asteroids.

"The only reason why the dinosaurs don't exist today is that they didn't have a space program," Lewicki quipped.

Future in Review is a gathering of world-class thought leaders, convened each year with the goal of providing the most accurate look forward in technology. FiRe is a world leader in exploring how technology drives the world economy, and in using technology to solve major social challenges.

These goals have been consistently achieved through FiRe's collaboration across technology-driven industries and through active support from the global FiRe community.

Strategic News Service was founded by Mark Anderson in 1995 as the first subscription-based online news service. Since its inception, SNS has proven the most accurate predictive report covering technology and the global economy. Its subscribers include top managers at technology and finance companies across the globe, including Oracle, Microsoft, Dell, HP, Cisco, Intel, Google, British Telecom, SpaceX, Amazon, Telstra, and others.

Source: Reuters                              



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