Greg Baiden once introduced himself at a NASA space mining conference in California as a “recovering asteroid miner.” The CEO of Penguin Automated Systems had been enlisted by the agency to bring a healthy dose of pragmatism to a roomful of high-minded scientists and entrepreneurs about the realities of mining in a hostile and extreme environment.
After listening to more than his share of science fiction stories over the years, Baiden felt he had to inject some Sudbury sensibility to the wider discussion.
So to establish his credentials, Baiden began his presentation by mentioning that his former employer, Inco (now Vale), has been mining the remnants of an asteroid impact in Sudbury for the past 130 years.
Mining engineers are rare in the space community, and Baiden finds there’s an overall lack of understanding of the economics in determining what’s feasible and what’s not. “It’s the equation: how do you turn that mineral into ore?”
Penguin Automated Systems specializes in advanced robotics, data communication technologies and positioning systems for international clients.
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