Asteroid Mining

Planetary Resources' first spacecraft begins testing asteroid prospecting technology

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 16, 2015
Planetary Resources' first spacecraft begins testing asteroid prospecting technology

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.

Antarctica may hold the key to regulating mining in space

io9.com | August 10, 2015
It’s getting warm in Antarctica, but mining still a pipe dream

As we turn our eyes to the skies, we should also look south to gain some insight into governance matters in outer space.

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Rocket explosion a fresh blow to asteroid mining ambitions

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 29, 2015
Rocket explosion a fresh blow to asteroid mining ambitions

Sunday's fiasco was the third major failure for America's commercial space industry in less than a year.

Safe and efficient asteroid mining

Planetary Resources, Inc. | June 3, 2015

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.”

Meteorites heading to Earth may contain trillions of diamonds

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 1, 2015
Meteorites heading to Earth may contain trillions of diamonds

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.

INFOGRAPHIC: Lunar gold rush — How moon mining could work

911Metallurgist | May 28, 2015

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.

US Congress passes bill on space mining

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 22, 2015
US Congress passes bill on space mining

Welcome to the future.

Asteroid miner puts first demonstration spaceship in orbit

Cecilia Jamasmie | April 15, 2015
Asteroid miner puts first demonstration spaceship in orbit

The Arkyd 3 Reflight (A3R) will spent three month in orbit trying to identify subsystems to explore and prospect for valuable resources on asteroids.

INFOGRAPHIC: Space Exploration is Taking Off

Visual Capitalist | March 19, 2015
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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.

New application to increase Asteroid detection, now available to public

Planetary Resources, Inc. | March 16, 2015

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.

Here is how metal-eating bacteria may make asteroid mining profitable

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 29, 2015
Here is why metal-eating bacteria may make asteroid mining profitable

The technique, known as biomining, is already being tested here on Earth as a sustainable treatment of ores and mine waste.

The failed landing of the SpaceX rocket was spectacular

Michael Allan McCrae | January 17, 2015
sapcex crash floating barge

"Close but no cigar."

Deep-sea mining pioneer now hunts for resources in space

Cecilia Jamasmie | December 16, 2014
Deep-sea mining pioneer now hunts for resources in space

Julian Malnic, the founder of world's first deep-sea miner Nautilus Minerals has joined the board of Deep Space Industries.

Space miner loses first satellite in rocket explosion

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 29, 2014
Space miner loses first satellite on rocket explosion

The affected company is Planetary Resources, the U.S.-based start-up aiming to mine asteroids.

Russia pushes forward plans to mine the moon

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 28, 2014
Russia is seriously advancing plans to mine the moon

The country's ultimate purpose is to extract rare earth elements, breaking China's dominance and pushing prices down.

Canadian researchers modernize solar power with nano gold technology

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 26, 2014
Canadian researchers modernize solar power with nano gold technology

Scientists have discovered that a small molecule created with just 144 atoms of gold can increase solar cell performance by more than 10%.

New diamond nanothreads may let scientists build space elevator

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 24, 2014
New diamond nanothreads may let scientists build space elevator

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.

Astronomers discover diamond the size of Earth

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 30, 2014
Astronomers discover diamond the size of Earth

That’s one massive diamond, which will never be cut, as it is 900 light-years away from our planet.

Asteroids mined for fuel to generate trillion dollar market, says firm

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 11, 2014
Asteroids mined for fuel to generate trillion dollar market, says firm

Orbiting spacecraft could be refuelled with water taken from asteroids—but some experts doubt the economics.

On the surface, mining the moon doesn't look that great

Michael Allan McCrae | April 6, 2014
moon infrographic

Looking at lunar REE

NASA is offering $35,000 in awards to asteroid hunters

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 10, 2014
NASA is offering $35,000 in awards to asteroid hunters

The first contest in a series of many, kicks off on March 17.

NASA begins accepting applications from privates to mine the Moon

Cecilia Jamasmie | February 10, 2014
NASA begins accepting applications from privates to mine the moon

Space Agency in search of potential business partners as US government denies further funding.

VIDEO: Rosetta comet-chasing spacecraft wakes up

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 20, 2014
VIDEO: Rosetta comet-chasing spacecraft wakes up

First spacecraft to land in a comet wakes up from 10 years of hibernation.

NASA wants your name in its first asteroid mission, leaving in 2016

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 17, 2014
NASA wants your name in its first asteroid mission, leaving in 2016

Selected names will be etched on a microchip aboard the spacecraft headed to the asteroid Bennu in only two years.

About 1,000 shortlisted for one-way trip to Mars

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 2, 2014
About 1,000 shortlisted for one-way trip to Mars

Mars One, a Dutch non-profit mission to build the first human settlement on Mars, said only 24 will be sent.

Asteroid miners go after most precious resource: water

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 21, 2013
Asteroid miners go after most precious resource: water

Investors eager to get the new industry off the ground willing to finance projects that can secure the availability of the key element.

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