We strive to focus on the exploration of extraterrestrial resources and provide economically usable data to forward-thinking space mining companies.

Humanity’s demand for raw materials is ever-increasing while simultaneously exploration and extraction are becoming increasingly complicated. Recycling raw materials can only counteract the shortage of resources to a limited extent. New sources of raw materials are needed, which arises a lot of interest in methods whose environmental damage can hardly be estimated (e.g. deep-sea mining). Such processes with high ecological risks will nevertheless be used in the future to provide the required raw materials.

 

We wonder why we don’t take a look into our solar system instead?

 

Mining raw materials from asteroids is an attractive prospect, but the main obstacle is the lack of detailed information about them. Although many asteroids have been studied using remote sensing, only a few have been examined in detail by space missions. Remote sensing can provide information about surface composition and some physical properties, but additional data are needed to estimate raw material content accurately. On-site exploration is crucial to answer important questions, like the location and quantity of raw materials, physical parameters and fields. Attempting to mine without this information is risky, as it's hard to estimate the raw material content and account for environmental hazards such as gas ejections. Carrying equipment for on-site exploration and mining on the same spacecraft is not cost-effective, so exploration and mining must be separate missions! Successful on-site exploration is a critical step in evaluating the economic viability of asteroid mining, considering not just the abundance but also the exploitability of raw materials.

 

We are working on the geophysical processes for the exploration of raw materials on asteroids and aim to become the first exploration company for extraterrestrial raw materials.

The IMENSUS team (3 out of 4) at Space Resources Week 2023 in Luxembourg. From left to right: Olav Cornelius, Diego Solis Sanchez and Pascal Koch.
The IMENSUS team (3 out of 4) at Space Resources Week 2023 in Luxembourg. From left to right: Olav Cornelius, Diego Solis Sanchez and Pascal Koch.