The main challenge for mining near-Earth celestial bodies is neither technology nor cost, but simply “convincing people it is realistic,” says Dr. Phil Metzger.
Asteroid Mining Mining News
OSIRIS-REx will collect samples from an asteroid and return them to Earth, in what it could be a pivotal step for firms currently planning to tap into the space mining business.
The mission's goal is to map a target asteroid, looking for deposits of water and other resources with visible and infrared cameras.
First time a country partners with privates to boost the development of the industry.
An official endorsement of such mission would pave the way for several other for-profit space ventures currently in the works.
Scientists say the high manufacturing quality of the blade in comparison with other simple-shaped artefacts suggests a significant mastery of iron working in the Egyptian boy king's time.
Improving agriculture with crop-specific satellite images.
Funds will be used to deploy and operate the firm's Earth observation program, known as Ceres.
It’s home to just a half-million people, but the country is not thinking small when it comes to the future of mining.
Deltion Innovations aims to design a drill that would prospect for water, ice and resources on the moon and beyond.
The move comes only three months after U.S. President Barack Obama signed a space exploitation law.
Once a figment of science fiction films, the sometimes risky notion of mining in space may soon become a reality if asteroid miners have their way.
What Planetary Resources' 3D-printed model so impressive is the fact that it’s made entirely out of metal that’s not from Earth.
While the law lets citizens mine, sell and own riches mined in space, it does not grant sovereignty, ownership, exclusive rights or jurisdiction over any celestial body.
Until now, there was no legislature clarifying issues such as whether resources mined from celestial bodies could be sold on Earth.
As we turn our eyes to the skies, we should also look south to gain some insight into governance matters in outer space.
The Arkyd 3 Reflight (A3R) will spent its three-month orbiting mission sending back data to a group of scientists based at the firm’s headquarters in Redmond, WA.
Sunday's fiasco was the third major failure for America's commercial space industry in less than a year.
One of the most frequent questions I get is regarding how and where asteroid mining will happen. As in golf, asteroid miners “will play it as it lays.”
Gems founds in fragments of the Almahata Sitta meteorite were formed in an unknown planet that existed when our solar system was just forming, researchers say.
Across history, human development has relied upon the finite resources available on Earth. But the moon – a seemingly barren rock – may actually be a treasure trove of rare resources vital to Earth’s future.
Welcome to the future.
The Arkyd 3 Reflight (A3R) will spent three month in orbit trying to identify subsystems to explore and prospect for valuable resources on asteroids.
Up until recent years, the momentum associated with space exploration had more or less fizzled. While it would seem that rapid innovation is occurring in every other technology field worldwide, the hardware and business models used in space exploration have remained static aside from small, incremental improvements.
A software application based on an algorithm created by a NASA challenge has the potential to increase the number of new asteroid discoveries by amateur astronomers.