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James Cameron, Google Founders, Billionaires, Fund Mysterious Space Venture Company
2012-04-19 0:00

By James Plafke | Geekosystem.com

Google: No Longer Just Data Mining

MIT’s Technology Review reports that this coming, April 24, a new space venture company will be announced at Charles Simonyi Space Gallery at The Museum of Flight in Seattle. The company, sporting the kind of scary name an evil, faceless corporation in a sci-fi film would have, Planetary Resources, has some pretty famous backing, including James Cameron, Ross Perot Jr., Google co-founders Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, and Charles Simonyi, known for overseeing the creation of Microsoft Office. With the somewhat foreshadowing company name and the prestige of its backers, MIT speculates that the new company could very well be an asteroid mining company, especially due to some wordage in its press release.

The segment from the press release that would lead one to speculate that this new company could be some kind of asteroid mining company, is as follows:

…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’.

Exploring space looking for natural resources could certainly lead to finding said natural resources on floating chunks of rock, and that goal wouldn’t exactly be a surprising one, as we have to find natural resources somewhere, and space rocks tend to be made out of them.

Are James Cameron and Planetary Resources planning to mine asteroids? (AP/Shizuo Kambayashi)

It’s also worth nothing that the press release lists members of the company, which includes Peter Diamandis, who once gave a speech at TED that focused on finding natural resources, and happened to bring up asteroid mining.

Tickets to the announcement are being sold, so if you’re in the area and have nothing better to do on Tuesday morning, you could attend what could turn out to be a monumental announcement.


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Space Exploration Company to Expand Earth’s Resource Base

WHAT: Join visionary Peter H. Diamandis, M.D.; leading commercial space entrepreneur Eric Anderson; former NASA Mars mission manager Chris Lewicki; and planetary scientist & veteran NASA astronaut Tom Jones, Ph.D. on Tuesday, April 24 at 10:30 a.m. PDT in Seattle, or via webcast, as they unveil a new space venture with a mission to help ensure humanity’s prosperity.

Supported by an impressive investor and advisor group, including Google’s Larry Page & Eric Schmidt, Ph.D.; film maker & explorer James Cameron; Chairman of Intentional Software Corporation and Microsoft’s former Chief Software Architect Charles Simonyi, Ph.D.; Founder of Sherpalo and Google Board of Directors founding member K. Ram Shriram; and Chairman of Hillwood and The Perot Group Ross Perot, Jr., 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’.

The news conference will be held at the Museum of Flight in Seattle on Tuesday, April 24 at 10:30 a.m. PDT and available online via webcast.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 24

10:30 a.m. PDT

WHO: Charles Simonyi, Ph.D., Space Tourist, Planetary Resources, Inc. Investor

Eric Anderson, Co-Founder & Co-Chairman, Planetary Resources, Inc.

Peter H. Diamandis, M.D., Co-Founder & Co-Chairman, Planetary Resources, Inc.

Chris Lewicki, President & Chief Engineer, Planetary Resources, Inc.

Tom Jones, Ph.D., Planetary Scientist, Veteran NASA Astronaut & Planetary Resources, Inc. Advisor

WHERE: Charles Simonyi Space Gallery at The Museum of Flight

9404 East Marginal Way South

Seattle, WA 98108

Event will also be streamed online.


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