From Outer Space to Mining
You are warmly invited to attend a new one day workshop on the application of space technology to the mining environment, hosted by the UK Centre for Astrobiology, the Boulby Underground Science Facility and Cleveland Potash Ltd.
Time after time, technologies developed for a single purpose have found applications far beyond their original scope. Work carried out at BISAL (Boulby International Subsurface Astrobiology Lab), a new joint venture between the UK Centre for Astrobiology, the Boulby Underground Science Facility and Cleveland Potash Ltd., has indicated to us that technology originally designed for space applications could find use in the mining world. Scanning technologies to detect pockets of explosive gas in the mining walls, robotic assisted exploration and improved communication equipment, are just some examples.
This workshop aims to bring leading space technology experts together with some of the world’s biggest mining companies in order to establish a discourse between the two and promote collaborations. Space technology specialists may gain the opportunity to apply their work to new areas whilst acquiring commercial support, whilst mining companies may discover new ways to resolve safety issues, increase efficiency and maintain competitiveness.
We would like to hear from any interested academics with relevant space technology expertise and/or mining technology expertise, as well as commercial/industry based professionals and enterprises. This is an excellent opportunity for both industries foster new mutually beneficial relationships.
This is an informal workshop with no fees. We aim to have a relaxed atmosphere to facilitate communication between our guests. The day will consist of some planned lectures from guest speakers (to be announced) and general discussions. If you have any questions, please contact S.J.Payler@sms.ed.ac.uk.