Space Resources

Degrees Offered

  • Graduate Certificate in Space Resources - online
  • Master of Science in Space Resources (Non-Thesis) - online
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Space Resources - on campus and online

Program Description

Since the 1990s, Colorado School of Mines has been a leading institution for the study of space resources and their utilization. It has also become a destination for space scientists and engineers, government agencies, aerospace companies, entrepreneurs, the mining and minerals industry, financial and legal experts, and policy makers to discuss all topics related to space resources.

In recent years, growing interest in the identification, extraction, and utilization of space resources by space agencies and the private sector has been driven by an awareness that further development of space travel will be enabled through extraction of extraterrestrial materials for the production of propellants to enable more affordable and flexible transportation, facilities construction, manufacturing of parts, power generation and life support. The broad topic of space resources brings together many fields in which Mines has a strong presence, including remote sensing, geomechanics, mining, materials/metallurgy, robotics/automation, advanced manufacturing, electrochemistry, solar and nuclear energy, and resource economics and policy.

In this light, Mines launched a first-of-its-kind multi-disciplinary graduate program in Space Resources in 2017 to offer a Graduate Certificate and Master of Science and PhD degrees for college graduates and professionals interested in this emerging arena. The program focuses on developing core knowledge and gaining design practices in systems for responsible exploration, extraction, use, and stewardship of resources in the Solar System.


Director and Professor of Practice

Angel Abbud-Madrid

Professor of Practice

Christopher Dreyer

George Sowers

Assistant Professor

Kevin Cannon

Additional Information

Faculty from several departments at Mines are also affiliated with the program and teach courses, supervise independent and course projects, act as thesis advisors, and conduct research. A list of current affiliated faculty members can be found at: