Asteroid mining company flooded with job applications

Who wouldn't want to work with these guys? Peter Diamandis, Chris Lewicki and Eric Anderson of Planetary Resources at the news conference this week.

Planetary Resources, the Bellevue-based company that this week unveiled plans to launch robotic spacecraft to mine asteroids, has received nearly 1,000 job applications since making its announcement.

The company cited the figure in a post on Twitter a short time ago, adding, “Thrilled to see all the enthusiasm!!!”

At least on the technical side, it won’t be an easy job to land. Planetary Resources currently employs about two dozen engineers, many of them at the top of the field with experience at NASA and the commercial space industry.

At a news conference earlier this week, the principals made it clear that they plan to keep things lean.

“We’re looking for people who are willing to dedicate their lives to this task,” said Chris Lewicki, the company’s chief engineer, and a veteran of the NASA Mars Rover missions, during the event.

Lewicki with the company's Arkyd Series-100 spacecraft.