Planetary Resources, the would-be asteroid mining company backed by notable billionaires including James Cameron and Google's co-founders, has posted its first official internship opening for "asteroid miners" the company wrote in an email to its supporters and subscribers on Monday.
As Chris Lewicki, the company's "president and chief asteroid miner," wrote in the email:
Do you want to be an Asteroid Miner?
Well, here's your chance!
We're looking for passionate college students for
paid coop positions to help us mine asteroids
this spring and summer...
If you love space and want to contribute directly to
the development of the next generation of space
exploration technologies, we want to hear from you
(or from anyone you know that you think would be
The actual internship listing, posted on the Planetary Resources website is for positions that would be located in Bellevue, WA and would extend from January 2013 through August. The description calls for "qualified and enthusiastic candidates for paid cooperative education positions to assist in the development of new systems and technologies for the commercial robotic exploration of near Earth asteroids." Planetary Resources has also signed a launch deal with Virgin Galactic and contemplated launching a Kickstarter campaign to back its first fleet of asteroid-observing orbital space telescopes, due to launch by 2014. Actual asteroid mining is still years away, but Planetary Resources is aiming to commence operations by the end of the decade.