Colloquium Series Features Dr. Kris Zacny of Honeybee Robotics on Feb. 13th
The Spring 2017 Space Studies Colloquium Series focuses on leveraging technologies and infrastructures developed for past, present, and future NASA asteroid missions, and will feature several leading experts in this field. The third presentation in this series will feature Dr. Kris Zacny, Vice President and Director of Exploration Technology Group, Honeybee Robotics
Presentation Title: “In Situ Resource Utilization and Space Mining”
Date: Monday, February 13, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. (Central time) Note time change. Dr. Zacny will be presenting remotely. His presentation and chat session will be combined.
Location: Clifford Hall, Room 521 (Due to limited seating, enrolled students have priority. Remaining seats filled on a first come, first served basis, with overflow seating in the SpSt Library.)
About the topic: In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) and Space mining are concepts developed by science fiction writers a while ago. However, only now technologies reach maturation level where ISRU and Space mining could actually be feasible. ISRU, in general terms, refers to using local resources to enable or enhance robotic and human exploration. For example water can be mined on the Moon and processed to sustain human presence for longer duration. Space mining, in most terms, refers to mining space resources for commercial gains. For example water can be mined on asteroids, electrolyzed into H2 and O2 and shipped back to Earth to refuel GEO and LEO satellites. In recent years, several companies were funded to do just that. This presentation will give a background to ISRU and space mining and then several examples of current and future missions.
About the speaker: Dr. Kris Zacny is Vice President and Director of Exploration Technology Group at Honeybee Robotics. His expertise includes robotic terrestrial and extraterrestrial drilling, excavation, sample handling and processing, geotechnical systems, and sensors.
In his previous capacity as an engineer in South African mines, Dr. Zacny managed numerous mining projects and production divisions. Dr. Zacny received his PhD (UC Berkeley, 2005) in Geotechnical Engineering with emphasis on Mars drilling, ME (UC Berkeley, 2001) in Petroleum Engineering with emphasis on Drilling and Materials Science, and BSc cum laude (U. Cape Town, 1997) in Mechanical Engineering. He participated in several Arctic, Antarctic, Atacama, and Greenland expeditions.
Dr Zacny has over 150 publications related to extreme drilling and excavation, including an edited book titled “Drilling in Extreme Environments: Penetration and Sampling on Earth and Other Planets”. Dr. Zacny has been a Principal Investigator and a Co-Investigator of over 100 NASA and DoD funded projects. He has over 40 NASA New Technology Records and three NASA Group Achievement Awards.
A live webcast which will be available here. Select the device you will be using when prompted. This option will be viewable on portable devices and should be used by all students not enrolled in the Colloquium course.
The Adobe Connect webcast for students enrolled in the Colloquium course is available here. Questions for the speaker may be posted at this site during the presentation, with a Q & A following. Due to software limits at this time of day, this option is open to students enrolled in the colloquium course only.
Campus students are invited to watch the remote presentation at Clifford Hall, room 521 (SpSt conference room). Due to limited seating, priority is given to enrolled students; with overflow seating available in the Space Studies library.