In this ‘Planetary Perspectives’ interview, Dr. Lauri Siltala, a planetary scientist turned asteroid miner at Karman+, sheds light on the intriguing field of asteroid mining. The interview, conducted by the Europlanet Early Career (EPEC) Future Research Working Group, explores the convergence of planetary science and the space industry. Dr. Siltala discusses the skills necessary for asteroid mining and the potential for collaboration between academia and the industry and offers advice for early career scientists considering a plunge into this dynamic and rapidly evolving sector.
In 2026, Karman+ will be flying ‘High Frontier’, our first mission to a near-Earth asteroid. We are focused on carbonaceous asteroids, both for their water content as well as for their physical composition.
Written in 1976 as a blueprint for expansion into space, Princeton professor Gerard K. O’Neill worked with NASA and other researchers for decades to validate and prove out his plans. The elegance
Technical Dispatches, as related by the minds behind Karman+, are intended to bring readers behind the scenes and into the research. In this edition, Dr. Lauri Siltala, a Finnish astronomer and asteroid characterization