Google execs back mysterious space exploration startup

shutterstock_93552313Google has made Terminator vision somewhat of a reality with its augmented reality glasses. Now, Google execs are looking to delve deeper into the sci-fi world in a venture called Planetary Resources.

Credit goes to MIT Technology Review for initially spotting the almost cryptic Planetary Resources release. According to the mysterious release, “the company will overlay two critical sectors – space exploration and natural resources – to add trillions of dollars to global GDP. This innovative start-up will create a new industry and a new definition of ‘natural resources’.

There’s not much else revealed about the company’s purpose besides that snippet. Planetary Resources has launched a presence on a number of outlets beyond the website including Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and YouTube account. The message on the company’s outlets speaks of revolutionizing space exploration, and ensuring “humanity’s prosperity for generations to come”. A tall order. More will be revealed come Tuesday, April 24 during a press event at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. Tickets are already on sale for $25.

What makes they mystery of Planetary Resources compelling, beyond the thrust of its purpose, is the bevy of big name backers for the startup. Google’s Larry Page & Eric Schmidt are joining Avatar’s James Cameron on the project. Also included on board Google board member and early investor K. Ram Shriram as well as Ross Perot, Jr. and the requisite authorities on space travel.

Based on the vague release, Technology Review speculates that the company will be focused on asteroid mining for new “natural resources.” James Cameron’s Avatar movie did have a depleted resources/ outer space mining setting to it.

This isn’t the first time a Googler has expressed interest in revolutionary space programs. Back in 2008, co-founder Sergey Brin dropped $5 million, reserving a seat for a future commercial space flight with a company called Space Adventures.

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