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An interesting clip of futurist, Christopher Barnatt, looking at lunar mining.

The rush to mine the moon.

Asteroid Mining: Various missions and simulated missions are making asteroid mining more and more real.


2025 Asteroid Mission

The manned mission to an Asteroid uses new Technologies being used by NASA to make the mission possible.

The Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle is a new spacecraft designed to hold four astronauts for missions to the Moon, an asteroid, and then Mars. The spacecraft is expected to launch in 2014, with a manned launch sometime in the 2020’s.

The Space Exploration Vehicle is another new Multi-Mission vehicle being tested. The SEV concept is designed to be easily used for multiple missions; The pressurized cabin thats designed for the SEV can be used for in-space missions and on the ground exploration of planets including near-Earth asteroids.

Read about the 10-day simulated asteroid mission

Space Exploration Vehicle Site

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Any commercialization of space is a great step forward.


Mining the moon could reap riches, spur space exploration
With billionaire backers, the space mining concept has plenty of potential, but there’s lots to accomplish, including creating an infrastructure and determining who has legal rights to mining resources.

If private enterprise is also bound by the Outer Space Treaty, then space is nothing but a large nature park, and there is no real incentive to explore space.


Can a private company claim ownership of an asteroid based on sending a probe out to it? Can it at least get exclusive mining rights? Would it own the gold, platinum or other materials mined from the asteroid?

Last week, a new private company, Planetary Resources announced an ambitious plan to prospect for and eventually mine near-Earth asteroids. Backed in part by Google execs Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, this venture has stirred the pot once again on the question of outer space property rights.

Understanding the legality of asteroid mining starts with the 1967 Outer Space Treaty. Some might argue the treaty bans all space property rights, citing Article II:

Outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by means of use or occupation, or by any other means.

Others have argued that because Article II only applies to nations, individuals are free to claim chunks of the solar system. But as we’ve noted before, the treaty also requires nations to ensure their citizens comply with the other provisions of the Outer Space Treaty — including a prohibition against sovereign claims of property rights. So neither nations nor individuals can appropriate territory in space. But what about asteroid mining?


More on Planetary Resources and their team.


Amun is a goldmine — well, not gold so much. But it does contain a cool $8 trillion worth of platinum, an essential precious metal used in everything from jewelry to fuel cells to computers (and one that’s currently trading at the same rate as gold — $1500 an ounce.) On Earth, only a few hundred tonnes of the stuff are produced every year. The $8 trillion figure is an estimate based on observations by John S. Lewis, professor of planetary science, author of Mining the Sky: Untold Riches from the Asteroids, Comets, and Planets, and now a consultant to Planetary Resources. He also found 3554 Amun to contain another $8 trillion in iron and nickel, and a mere $6 trillion worth of cobalt. (via A $20 Trillion Rock Could Turn a Startup Into Earth’s Richest Company)

Last night was the much anticipated announcement of Planetary Resources. See more about it in these posts about Planetary Resources and watch the full announcement here.

The plan is very ambitious and fraught with risk but the potential return is enormous.


Asteroid Mining

The Press Conference is over and The Associated Press reports:

Space-faring robots could be extracting gold and platinum from asteroids within 10 years if a new venture backed by two Silicon Valley titans and filmmaker James Cameron gets off the ground as planned.

Outside experts are skeptical about the project because it would probably require untold millions or perhaps billions of dollars and huge advances in technology. But the same entrepreneurs pioneered the selling of space rides to tourists — a notion that seemed fanciful not long ago, too.

“Since my early teenage years, I’ve wanted to be an asteroid miner. I always viewed it as a glamorous vision of where we could go,” Peter Diamandis, one of the founders of Planetary Resources, told a news conference Tuesday at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. The company’s vision “is to make the resources of space available to humanity.”

The inaugural step, to be achieved in the next 18 to 24 months, would be launching the first in a series of private telescopes that would search for the right type of asteroids.

The plan is to use commercially built robotic ships to squeeze rocket fuel and valuable minerals out of the rocks that routinely whiz by Earth. Company leaders predict they could have their version of a space-based gas station up and running by 2020. […]

[read more] [Planetary Resources] [NASA 2016 asteroid sampling mission] [BigThink Interview with Diamandis]

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