Earth’s Moon as seen from the International Space Station taken by ESA British astronaut, Tim Peake. Credit: NASA/ESA

Earth’s Moon as seen from the International Space Station taken by ESA British astronaut, Tim Peake.
Credit: NASA/ESA

 

An impressive roster of papers dedicated to using space resources to facilitate space science and exploration is now available within the pages of the journal, Space Policy.

Resources aplenty given near-Earth objects (NEOs). Credit: Texas A&M

Resources aplenty given near-Earth objects (NEOs).
Credit: Texas A&M

These papers are peer-reviewed versions of papers presented at the Royal Astronomical Society specialist discussion meeting on the topic that was held in London in April.

 

Road map to the Moon, ESA-style. Credit: ESA

Road map to the Moon, ESA-style.
Credit: ESA

 

Papers available

— James Carpenter, Richard Fisackerly, Berengere Houdou (2016)

Establishing lunar resource viability

Space Policy 37, 52-57

— Ian A. Crawford (2016)

The long-term scientific benefits of a space economy

Space Policy 37, 58-61

— Colin R. McInnes (2016)

 

Near Earth asteroid resource utilization for large in-orbit reflectors

Space Policy 37, 62-64

— Martin Elvis (2016)

What can space resources do for astronomy and planetary science?

Space Policy 37, 65-76

— Philip T. Metzger (2016)

Space development and space science together, an historic opportunity

Space Policy 37, 77-91

— Vibha Srivastava, Sungwoo Lim, Mahesh Anand (2016)

Microwave processing of lunar soil for supporting longer-term surface exploration on the Moon

Space Policy 37, 92-96

— Thomas Marshall Eubanks, Charles F. Radley (2016)

Scientific return of a lunar elevator

Space Policy 37, 97-102

— George F. Sowers (2016)

A cislunar transportation system fueled by lunar resources

Space Policy 37, 103-109

Credit: Planetary Resources, Inc.

Credit: Planetary Resources, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resources:

Go to this link to view the Space Policy papers:

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0265964616300327

Go to “download pdf” at the top of the page and then select “article plus other articles in this issue.”

Note: An “Executive Summary” of the London meeting itself is available at:

http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~ucfbiac/Space_Resources_Meeting_Report.pdf

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