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.
The technique, known as biomining, is already being tested here on Earth as a sustainable treatment of ores and mine waste.
"Close but no cigar."
Julian Malnic, the founder of world's first deep-sea miner Nautilus Minerals has joined the board of Deep Space Industries.
The affected company is Planetary Resources, the U.S.-based start-up aiming to mine asteroids.
The country's ultimate purpose is to extract rare earth elements, breaking China's dominance and pushing prices down.
Scientists have discovered that a small molecule created with just 144 atoms of gold can increase solar cell performance by more than 10%.
Scientists have discovered how to produce ultra-thin diamond nanothreads, a sort of very strongnanotubes, which could prove to be stronger and hardier element currently available.
That’s one massive diamond, which will never be cut, as it is 900 light-years away from our planet.
Orbiting spacecraft could be refuelled with water taken from asteroids—but some experts doubt the economics.
Looking at lunar REE
The first contest in a series of many, kicks off on March 17.
Space Agency in search of potential business partners as US government denies further funding.
First spacecraft to land in a comet wakes up from 10 years of hibernation.
Selected names will be etched on a microchip aboard the spacecraft headed to the asteroid Bennu in only two years.
Mars One, a Dutch non-profit mission to build the first human settlement on Mars, said only 24 will be sent.
Investors eager to get the new industry off the ground willing to finance projects that can secure the availability of the key element.
The scientists have been working at the one-of-a-kind laboratory located at the bottom of what was once North America's deepest gold mine.
Together with Saturn, these planets may be massive diamond mines say researchers.
First set of key findings to be released next week.
Space rock assumed to have originated from a meteor that injured more than 1,000 people in February.
US Government-backed scientists aimed to build an emergency communications system based on copper wires around our planet.
UK researchers went through a list of 9,000 near-Earth celestial bodies.
"The mission will develop important technologies for asteroid exploration that will benefit anyone interested in exploring or mining asteroids, whether it's NASA or a private company."
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