Google CEO Larry Page and chairman of the board of directors of the search engine, Eric Schmidt, together with the director of the film "Avatar," James Cameron, will create a company for space exploration. One of the areas of their work will be mining on asteroids.
"This initiative will not only create a new industry, but also to expand the scope of the concept of ’natural resources’," - said in a press release.
For more information about the new company, which was named Planetary Resources (Rus planetary resources) will be announced on Tuesday. And yet released a press release stating that the company "will be engaged in space exploration and exploitation of natural resources, which will increase global GDP by trillions of dollars," and become a pioneer of an entirely new industry.
It remains unclear whether Planetary Resources to get help from NASA in the form of money or technology, but it’s space agency is already working with several private companies within the Space Act Agreements, which allows NASA to share their experiences and resources with private companies.
In one of the founders of the company also includes Eric Anderson, once held the position of Managing missions NASA, Charles Simonyi, a former senior manager of Microsoft, and Ram Shriram, a member of the Board of Directors Google.
Simonyi, who was involved in the development of the first versions of Word and Excel, have been in space twice aboard the Russian Soyuz.
For James Cameron, it will be not the first dive into the abyss of the unknown, because in the last month, he visited the deepest point on the planet - the Mariana Trench. The story captured their sci-fi blockbuster "Avatar," revolved around the extraction of resources on a distant planet.