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What Tech Breakthroughs Are Needed For Asteroid Mining?

November 1, 2022

Futurized goes beneath the trends to track the underlying forces of disruption in tech, policy, business models, social dynamics and the environment. I’m your host, Trond Arne Undheim (@trondau), futurist, author, investor, and serial entrepreneur. Join me as I discuss the societal impact of deep tech such as AI, blockchain, IoT, nanotech, quantum, robotics, and synthetic biology, and tackle topics such as entrepreneurship, trends, or the future of work. On the show, I interview smart people with a soul: founders, authors, executives, and other thought leaders, or even the occasional celebrity.

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In this episode of the podcast, the topic is: What Tech Breakthroughs Are Needed For Asteroid Mining? Our guest is space technologist Joel C. Sercel, President and CEO of TransAstra.

In this conversation, they talk about [propulsion, telescope tech, creating a lunar mining outpost, space manufacturing, the impact of reducing the $/pound to access space, further privatization, geopolitics, and space law/regulation.

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Trond's takeaway
Space might be the ultimate frontier, but it is also a space where we, from a humanity governance perspective would want to avoid both no regulation OR overregulation. The stakes are high, despite the vast space available, mistakes could be costly, both immediately and ultimately. Asteroid mining is fascinating, but using telescopes to keep Earth safe makes a lot of sense, too. The use cases of space tech and, eventually space manufacturing, might become many, and it's hard to envision exactly when which of them will come into play. For sure, this is an activity we all have a stake in.

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