The Planetary and Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium (PTMSS) is the only venue in the world which attempts to address the parallels between Earth based mining and space mining. It has been held annually since 2004. Since 2012, NORCAT has co-hosted the joint PTMSS/Space Resources Roundtable, alternating locations in Canada and the United States.
The need for mining activity on other planets in support of longer robotic and human missions is paramount. Oxygen and water must be produced from the resources located on the moon. The most abundant and only confirmed resource available is the lunar soil. The use of these resources for life support will require the excavation of the soil and processing to refine the materials out of the raw ore.
As the mining of other planets is a reality and imminent, the mining society, which includes mining companies and mining equipment suppliers, are very interested in watching developments in this area as we proceed.
The conference attracts delegates around the world who come from both the mining sector and the space sector and the conference has proven to be fertile ground for the growth of new collaborations between and within the sectors.
Visit the conference site at www.ptmss.ca