Planetary Resources sets announcement, making space accessible

Planetary Resources is planning to announce, with some hoopla, a project to “make make access to space widely available for exploration and research.” The Bellevue-based asteroid mining company is bringing in Brent Spiner—Data from Star Trek—to help with a day of announcement activities about the initiative next Wednesday at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

Planetary Resources, Inc.Planetary Resources, according to a news release sent by the museum, is “developing the most advanced space technology ever and will make it publicly accessible.”

A diverse group of supporters, including Virgin’s Sir Richard Branson, actor Seth Green, Spiner, Star Trek’s Rob Picardo (The Doctor), Bill Nye the Science Guy, futurist Jason Silva, and MIT astrophysicist Dr. Sara Seager are listed as backers of the project.

Activities for May 29 include a media event at 10 a.m. featuring Planetary Resources officials Peter Diamandis, Eric Anderson and Chris Lewicki, and vlogger Hank Green. At 3:30 p.m. Green and Spiner will lead a public event in the Great Gallery of the museum. Both events will be streamed live as well. (We’ll publish links when they are available.)

UPDATE: Stream the events here; there’s more info on the Planetary Resources blog.

The release hints that the project will create opportunities for citizen science, including direct participation in the company’s asteroid-mining mission.