spacetoday.net: space news from around the webin association with SpaceNews


Startup company announces asteroid mining plans
Posted: Wed, Jan 23, 2013, 8:02 AM ET (1302 GMT)
Deep Space Industries Firefly spacecraft (DSI) For the second time in less than a year, a company has announced plans to develop a fleet of spacecraft to prospect and eventually extract resources from near Earth asteroids. Deep Space Industries unveiled its plans Tuesday to eventually mine asteroids for volatiles and precious metals for a variety of applications. The company is planning to develop a series of spacecraft that will first visit asteroids to study their composition, followed by missions to retrieve samples for return to Earth; these would be followed by more advanced mining efforts. The initial spacecraft would be ready for launch as early as 2015, although the company is still in the early stages of lining up investors. The announcement by Deep Space Industries comes nine months after another startup, Planetary Resources, announced plans to also develop spacecraft to study and visit near Earth asteroids, also with the long-term goal of mining them.
<<previous article   next article>>
news in brief
news links
Wednesday, December 7
Blue Origin shares construction update for new $205M rocket factory
Puget Sound Business Journal — 5:35 am ET (1035 GMT)
First Prestwick space flights predicted for 2019
The Scotsman — 5:34 am ET (1034 GMT)
El Segundo-made satellite set for launch will improve military communications
Torrance (CA) Daily Breeze — 5:32 am ET (1032 GMT)
The Women You've Never Heard of Who Transformed Astrophysics
Popular Mechanics — 5:30 am ET (1030 GMT)


about spacetoday.net   ·   info@spacetoday.net   ·   mailing list