Earlier today we told you about a new Seattle-area startup, led by big names from NASA and the commercial space business, that next Tuesday will unveil its plans “to revolutionize space exploration activities and ultimately create a better standard of living on Earth.”
Now, a media invite for the unveiling says that the company’s investors and advisers also include Google’s Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, filmmaker James Cameron, early Google investor Ram Shriram, and investor Ross Perot Jr.
The invitation also sheds more light on the company’s plans, saying it “will overlay two critical sectors – space exploration and natural resources – to add trillions of dollars to the global GDP.” It adds, “This innovative start-up will create a new industry and a new definition of ‘natural resources’.” The mission of the venture, the invite says, is “to help ensure humanity’s prosperity.”
The invite was sent out with the logo of “Planetary Resources,” which appears to be the official name of the new startup. The people involved — including former NASA engineer and Mars Rover vet Chris Lewicki and the X Prize Foundation’s Peter Diamandis — have been working under the name Arkyd Astronautics.
Former Microsoft engineer (and space tourist) Charles Simonyi is also involved, as is Eric Anderson, the co-founder of space tourism startup Space Adventures.
Planetary Resource’s Twitter page says it’s a “new space venture with mission to expand Earth’s resource base & help ensure humanity’s prosperity.”
Reading between the lines, the logical assumption would be that they’re planning to send robots into space to gather resources we need here on Earth. But it’s looking like we’ll need to wait until next Tuesday to find out for sure.