Angel Abbud-Madrid, director of the Center for Space Resources at the Colorado School of Mines, presented at TEDxMileHigh at their Make + Believe Event in June. His talk titled, “How to live off the land in space,” focused on space exploration and the possibility of mining asteroids.
Abbud-Madrid saw the lecture as an opportunity to reach a broader audience and share some ideas related to his research at Mines.
“I wanted to make the public aware of the availability and potential utilization of space resources to produce the fuel, materials and human consumables, which we currently launch from Earth at a very high cost,” he explains. “This strategy will help us to live-off-the-land in space, reduce our dependence from terrestrial resources and increase the duration and reach of human and robotic space missions.”
Angel Abbud-Madrid first came into contact with Earth’s resources fresh out of college, as project engineer in a gold and silver mine in the Sierra Madre mountains of northern Mexico. Following his interest in space exploration, he moved to the U.S., where he got a Ph.D. and took part in a variety of projects conducted in NASA’s low-gravity laboratories. Now, he’s the Director of the Center for Space Resources at the Colorado School of Mines, where he leads research into space exploration and the utilization of its resources.