The dream of extracting valuable resources from space rocks was one that had long fascinated him.
When, a little under a year later, he graduated with a degree in International Relations and History from the U.K.’s Liverpool Hope University, Hunter-Scullion was hooked.
Now it’s gearing up to launch a prospecting satellite that will help seek out economically viable asteroids for future mining.
And while there are plenty of things that can go wrong, there’s a whole lot of opportunity too.
The idea of mining asteroids for crucial or desirable materials is nothing new — at least, not in science fiction.
This has arisen with a new boom in space industries, much of it led by private companies with a vested interest in profits, rather than the giant public sector missions of the past.