First off, I would just like to say that I am still in the early stages (3rd year) of obtaining my B.Eng in Aerospace Engineering and that I realize many things can and will change in the next couple of years. However, early preperation is neccesary for this type of thing. That being said... A little background: I am in my 3rd year of Aerospace Engineering. I consider myself a very ambitious/motivated person and I am highly interested in science and engineering. My plan: I hope to eventually obtain a masters in the same discipline, probably focusing on propulsion. After succesuly obtaining these prerequisites I will undoubtedly pursue a career with an established company as an EIT and than eventually obtain my PE. I consider myself a very friendly and social person, and I plan on making many contacts in my field that may be of assistance in any future plans. My (very ambitious) goal: The market I'm interested in is plutonium based metals used in catalytic converters in many hybrid vehicles. I know that the demand for such metals has increased three fold since the beginning of this millenia. I also understand that global supplies are diminishing (although, not at an alarming rate, but still diminishing). Prices for these metals will undoubtedly increase, and manufacturers will look for cheaper solutions. This is where I come in. I would like to start a company with the sole intention of mining these materials from near earth asteroids, as I understand that some contain an abundance of plutonium based metals. Now, for the questions/concerns: I understand the start up costs of an operation at this scale are immense, to say the least. I also know that the technological challenges involved are overwhelming (such as large advancements in robotics). Now, my questions to you are as follows: - What type of investors would I need to support such an endeavour? - What kinds of pressure (regulations), from government or corporate, would I be facing? - Should I slowly start creating a business model now as a student (in my free time)? - Is this type of operation even possible? I'm probably forgeting many many questions and possibly set backs, but I can't think of any at the moment. Any insight/ridicule/concerns/constructive critisism is very welcome.