Published on April 24th, 2012 | by Amy Edwards0
Google takes the next step towards the final frontier
Not content with taking over the world, Google’s big wigs have now got designs on taking over space too! Yes, you did read that right – this week Google’s co-founder Larry Page and chairman Eric Schmidt announced they’ve backed a venture to mine in space.
In what has to be the most random story we’ve seen this year (discounting a few on 1st April), Google’s A Team are among a number of high profile backers of Planetary Resources – a new venture which will look for riches and resources beyond the solar system, namely in asteroids.
Although it might sound like the storyline of some really cheesy sci-fi flick, it’s actually 100% true. Although few details have been released about the program just yet (an official launch is set to take place later today) the masterminds behind the scheme said the goal is to ”overlay two critical sectors—space exploration and natural resources—to add trillions of dollars to the global GDP” and to “help ensure humanity’s prosperity.”
Other backers include Avatar (and erm… Titanic) genius James Cameron and former Microsoft executive (and part time spaceman) Charles Simonyi.
Founded by Eric Anderson and Peter Diamandis, the company hopes to initially sell observation platforms in orbit before going on to extract raw natural materials such as gold and other precious metals from asteroids. According to Mr Diamandis, a 30 metre long asteroid could hold as much as $50 billion worth of platinum by today’s prices.