Space Resource Fundamentals

Become the expert in your school, business, or government organisation. This exciting new field is critical to unlocking the next wave of human exploration of the solar system: space resource utilisation.

Space Resource Fundamentals is a 5-day inter-disciplinary course designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the nascent space resource field and examining its critical necessity to continued human space exploration.

This intensive course includes the key legal environment aspects of space resources and the various destinations, specific resources, proposed methodologies and benefits of utilising resources found off-world.

You will gain a new understanding of the complex realities that shape this critical enabling capability upon which crewed deep space exploration is reliant, and be able to knowledgably guide your company or organisation regarding potential areas of interest.

  • What is covered in the course?

    The following topics will be covered during the course:

    • Launch and Rocket Equations
    • Orbital Mechanics
    • Space agriculture
    • In-space transportation architecture
    • Space resources of interest and locations
    • Space construction
    • Deep space psychology
    • Applications enabled by space resource use
    • Mining techniques in multiple environments
    • Space law
    • Business case study
    • Solar System Destinations:
      • Moon
      • Mars
      • Asteroids
      • Outer solar system
  • Who is this course for?

    This short course will be the first offering of its kind in Australia.

    This interdisciplinary short course is designed for working professionals and advanced students hailing from diverse sectors such as law, business, the resource industry, government, or the engineering field.

    While topics such as orbital mechanics and geology are necessarily covered to facilitate understanding regarding business case and operations realities, specialist backgrounds in science, engineering, or geology are not required for successful completion.

  • Course outcomes

    On completing the course, you will be able to speak knowledgeably regarding the topic of 'Space Resources' gaining key insights into:

    • What are space resources?
    • What resources are available at select solar system locations?
    • Why are space resources important and what is their projected use?
    • The challenges to space exploration posed by the realities of launch and orbital mechanics
    • Methodologies being developed to access resources in both gravity and micro-gravity environments
    • Specifics concerning likely destinations (the Moon, Mars, Asteroids, and outer solar system)
    • Key activities enabled by in-situ space resource utilisation
    • Space resource use and its impact on human exploration of the solar system
    • Legal and business matters related to space resources exploration and commercial supply.

  • Course delivery

    The course will be delivered over 5 days with a simultaneous classroom and online delivery.

    This course will be delivered by a team of cutting-edge experts from the space resource research, operations, and industry segments as represented by:

    • Director Charles Elachi, Cal Tech, Former JPL Director 2001-2016
    • Mr. Mark Sonter, co-founder Deep Space Industries, Asteroid Enterprises, Deep Space Industries, ARPPS
    • Dr. Paddy Neumann, Neumann Space
    • Dr. Carlos Espejel, Chief Lunar Mining Engineer ispace
    • Katie Hulmes, OZ Minerals
    • Prof Melissa de Zwart, University of Adelaide Dean of Law
    • Prof Deborah Turnbull, University of Adelaide Chair of Psychology
    • Prof Scott Smith, University of Adelaide, HoS Civil, Environmental, and Mining Engineering
    • Prof Matt Gilliham, University of Adelaide, Director Waite Research Institute
    • A/Prof Rini Akmeliawati, University of Adelaide Mechanical Engineering
    • A/Prof David Harvey, University of Adelaide Mechanical Engineering
    • A/Prof John Culton, University of Adelaide, Director ATCSR.
  • AQF Equivalence, Articulation Pathways CPD Points and Certification

    • Participants will receive a soft copy University of Adelaide Certificate of Completion.
    • This PACE course may contribute to earning Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points or credit. Many professional associations accredit CPD at a standard rate of 1 hour of professional development / learning = 1 CPD point. This should be used as a guide only and confirmation should be sought from your accrediting body prior to registration in any PACE course or program.

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