Thursday, May 17, 2012

Can You Qualify for a Job as an Asteroid Miner Robot Builder?

Planetary Resources was founded by private spaceflight pioneers Peter Diamandis and Eric Anderson. Its investors include Google execs Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, who are worth $16.7 billion and $6.2 billion, respectively. Filmmaker and adventurer James Cameron, former NASA astronaut Tom Jones and MIT planetary scientist Sara Seager are advisers.

Less than three weeks after officially unveiling its asteroid-mining plans, Planetary Resources has already received thousands of job applications.

On April 24, the company announced that it was looking to hire a few qualified people as engineers who would help design and build a fleet of asteroid-mining robotic probes. So  many resumes have flowed into Planetary Resources that it has stopped taking new applications.

"We have received over 2,000 applications since our April 24th press event, and we are not currently accepting applications for full-time employees, summer internships or student co-ops," reads an update on the company's website.

1 comment:

  1. Can anybody here come up with links documenting the number of candidate asteroids and their metallic content?
    In other words, is this venture feasible?
    Not that I want to invest, I'm just curious.