Asteroid mining is coming soon to a planet near you: this planet, and in 2021, to be specific. But NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission has lots of work to do before that point. Today the spacefaring organization issued an official “request for proposals” from four partners on how they would go about creating the robotic spacecraft that would perform the actual asteroid… Read More
Giant analog computers, 3-D printing, and catapults could be the future of asteroid mining
There's gold in them thar asteroids – also iron, nickel, copper, and, most valuable of all, water. According to the proponents of asteroid mining, these space rocks are a virtual El Dorado in the sky with more obtainable minerals in the largest three than on the entire Earth. Show More Summary
OSIRIS-REx, the first American asteroid sample return mission, is a big step forward for asteroid mining.
Planetary Resources, a company hoping to make asteroid mining into a trillion dollar industry, earlier this year unveiled the world’s first 3D printed object made from bits of an asteroid. 3D printing, and additive manufacturing processes more generally, have made many advances in recent years. Show More Summary
Carnival of Space #471 is now up at Links Through Space. There is 3D Pizza Printers, asteroid mining missions, exoearths, Taby's Star and much, much more. Head on over and have a read.
If Deep Space Industries has its way, there’ll be a small robotic lander on a nearby asteroid in just three years. That’s the latest phase of the California-based asteroid mining company’s plan to bring about an outer space real estate boom by creating a resource supply chain off Earth. More »
If Deep Space Industries has its way, there’ll be a small robotic lander on a nearby asteroid in just three years. That’s the latest phase of the California-based asteroid mining company’s plan to bring about an outer space real estate boom by creating a resource supply chain off Earth. Read more...
A private space mining company has announced plans to send an asteroid prospector into space by 2020, making it the first commercial mining mission beyond Earth’s orbit. Californian startup Deep Space Industries (DSI) aims to eventually...Show More Summary
Perhaps in the same way the communicator allowed us to dream up the cell phone, or the Nostromo’s mining expedition imagined asteroid mining as a reality, Mass Effect or similar works of fiction can help us explore our methods of exploration, challenge us to consider the damage an interstellar colonial project could cause, and force us to dream of a better way.
The US wants to press ahead with asteroid mining, but rights to the riches buried in space are a grey area. How should we draw up rules for harvesting the heavens?
The Luxembourg government has agreed to purchase up to 49 percent of the equity in asteroid-mining company Planetary Resources’ Luxembourg operations as part of the effort to make Luxembourg the nexus of space-based resource exploitation, an industry official said.An announcement of the agreement was scheduled for June 13 in Luxembourg, the official said. link.
Luxembourg will make an initial investment of 200 million euros ($227 million) to become the “Silicon Valley of space resources” under an initiative that will primarily benefit two American asteroid mining companies.The investment will...Show More Summary
FASTER, PLEASE: Luxembourg’s Asteroid Mining Initiative Could Boost Space Exploration.
Luxembourg makes a large bid to fund the initiative aimed at making asteroid mining an industry. The country has been the first to launch a satellite into space in 1980.
Luxembourg’s new law that will allow the country to begin issuing licenses to asteroid mining companies in 2017, giving them legal rights to the materials they harvest in space.
Last year, the senate quietly passed the Space Act of 2015, which grants US citizens or corporations the right to claim non-living natural resources - including water and minerals - mined out in space. Today, Luxembourg is setting aside funds to do just that. Show More Summary
OS Funds' Bryan Johnson, Google's Larry Page, and other investors have put $21 million into asteroid mining startup Planetary Resources.
Those efforts are seemingly emboldened by the Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (CSLCA), legislation passed by Congress and signed into law last November. A section of the law grants companies the rights to resources they extract...Show More Summary
A tiny European country is jumping into an unusual space race. Luxembourg is partnering with California-based Deep Space Industries to produce a spacecraft that will test many features necessary for asteroid mining. The module, known as Prospector X, will be launched sometime "in the near future,” according to the company. Show More Summary