Outer Solar System

Prospective Energy and Material Resources

  • Viorel Badescu
  • Kris Zacny

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Properties of Planetary Regolith

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Catherine Olkin, Will Grundy
      Pages 3-13
    3. Craig Pitcher, Yang Gao
      Pages 15-29
  3. Resource, Mining, and Subsurface Access

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. William Stone, Bart Hogan, Vickie Siegel, John Harman, Chris Flesher, Evan Clark et al.
      Pages 47-165
    3. Kris Zacny
      Pages 167-180
    4. Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Stewart Sherrit, Mircea Badescu, Hyeong Jae Lee, Xiaoqi Bao, Zensheu Chang
      Pages 181-259
    5. David Firstbrook, Patrick Harkness, Xuan Li, Ryan Timoney, Kevin Worrall
      Pages 261-288
  4. Missions and Missison Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 289-289
    2. Steven R. Oleson, Geoffrey Landis
      Pages 367-428
    3. William Stone, Kristof Richmond, Chris Flesher, Bart Hogan, Vickie Siegel
      Pages 429-541
    4. Steven R. Oleson, Jason Hartwig, Jeffrey Woytach, Michael Martini, Anthony Colozza, Robert Jones et al.
      Pages 543-608
    5. Adrian Stoica, Virgil Adumitroaie, Marco Quadrelli, Georgios Matheou, Marcin Witek, Marco Cipolato et al.
      Pages 609-663
    6. Masahiro Ono, Karl Mitchel, Aaron Parness, Kalind Carpenter, Saverio Iacoponi, Ellie Simonson et al.
      Pages 665-717
    7. Werner Grandl, Ákos Bazsó, Andreas F. Felsenstein
      Pages 745-763
  5. Enabling Technologies

  6. Business Cases for Resource Utilisation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 855-855
    2. Mike H. Ryan, Ida Kutschera
      Pages 857-880
    3. Alexander Bolonkin
      Pages 881-926
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 927-932

About this book


The Earth has limited resources while the resources in space are virtually unlimited. Further development of humanity will require going beyond our planet and exploring of extraterrestrial bodies and their resources.

This book investigates Outer Solar Systems and their prospective energy and material resources. It presents past missions and future technologies and solutions to old problems that could become reality in our life time. The book therefore is a great resource of condensed information for specialists interested in current and impending Outer Solar Systems related activities and a good starting point for space researchers, inventors, technologists and potential investors.


Enceladus Energy Europa Exploration In-Situ Resource Utilization Material Resources Mining Ocean Worlds Outer solar System Pluto Space Resources Titan Triton

Editors and affiliations

  • Viorel Badescu
    • 1
  • Kris Zacny
    • 2
  1. 1.Candida Oancea InstitutePolytechnic University of BucharestBucharestRomania
  2. 2.Honeybee Robotics Spacecraft Mechanisms CorporationPasadenaUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-73844-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-73845-1
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