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Space Resources Roundtable, and In-Situ Resources Utilization (ISRU)

A leading non-profit group which emerged around the turn of the century is the Space Resources Roundtable, which uses the acronym ISRU for In-Situ Resources Utilization. It is headquartered at the Colorado School of Mines.

The Space Resources Roundtable actually started informally, including meeting as an adjunct side program at conferences in the 1990s. In 1999, the Space Resources Roundtable held its own conference, which thereafter became an annual event. In 2001, the Space Resources Roundtable formally organized as a not-for-profit organization, and received tax deductible 501c(3) status in 2003.

The Space Resources Roundtable is composed largely of academic, former NASA, and private sector industrial participants, and its main activity is the conferences, and correspondences in between.

The Space Resources Roundtable continued holding its own annual conferences thru 2011 though I had not seen any plans yet for one in 2012, as of April 2012. The year 2009 was the only one skipped. From 1999 thru 2007, the conferences were held at the Colorado School of Mines. In 2008, they were held at Cape Canaveral, Florida (near a NASA launch site), and in 2010-2011 the conferences became jointly sponsored by the Planetary & Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Notably, the Space Studies Institute (SSI), discussed in another section of this website, had previously been hosting the premier space resources conference bi-annually in Princeton, but had been waning in activity since the death of its leader, Dr. Gerard K. O'Neill, in 1992, despite the organization's Boards and staff continuing on. The Space Resources Roundtable had been picking up a lot of the slack by simple default at the time. For example, the SSI bi-annual Princeton conferences stopped for awhile after #13 in 2001, and it was 2010 before SSI Princeton conference #14 came around. Many of the same people participate in both, and it's generally the same community.

You can read Space Resources Roundtable conference proceedings on their website,

External links:

ISRU - Space Resources Roundtable > Missions, Plans, Concepts > Research and Development Partners > Space Resources Roundtable


PERMANENT needs a PHP / MySQL (actually, MariaDB) programmer. Are you a PHP / MySQL programmer interested in getting into space development as a career, or already working in space development? Or do you know somebody else who might be interested?

There is an ongoing process to update this website in 2019 with a target relaunch in 2020.
This website is actually very out of date. Much of the website text content was written in the 1980s to early 2000s, but that's a different matter. As regards PHP / MySQL, some offline databases go into the 2010s, as regards professional publications, engineers, companies, etc., and this is what we need programming help with. We are updating our databases on people, organizations, publications, and other things, for open source space development for all.

The current status is we have some working databases which we have been using internally for a long time for organizing professional publications, and to track people (authors, R&D people, other professionals, quality volunteers, journalists, etc.) and organizations. We want to put information online for the general public pending a security review of the programming code.

Step 1 is fixing some bugs in what we already have, the PHP code. It is functional, and been used a long time, but there are some bugs.
Step 2 will be improving the system. Some small improvements would help its usability.
Step 3 will be a security check for putting it online for the general public to be able to access and use, but with reasonable protection against hackers.
After Step 3, the main mission is accomplished, as regards PHP / MySQL, though of course we hope to keep people engaged and happy, and the sky's not the limit.

This is a volunteer, unpaid role at this point in time. A limited paid role would be considered on a tight budget, such as for at least bug fixing with some minor improvements, and/or a security review of our code before it goes online publicly. If you or one of your friends or associates may be interested, please send an email to spaceprogrammer at ... of course this domain.

Reasons to do something yourself:

  • It will help save life on our special planet -- be part of the solution in your generation.
  • It will create and secure a better future for your children and grandchildren.
  • It could be an interesting, cool, and a fun adventure for your life!

You can join us and volunteer to help out,

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If you're short on time, you can just donate:

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