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Asteroid Mining Fact Sheet
Who is Deep Space Industries?
- Deep Space Industries is an international asteroid mining company, with primary offices in Silicon Valley, California and Luxembourg City, EU.
- Built on a philosophy of international cooperation, Deep Space Industries has assembled a world-leading team with unparalleled experience in asteroid geology, mining, spacecraft design, astrodynamics, and entrepreneurship.
- Deep Space Industries’ vision is one of unlimited resources, both in space and here on Earth. The solar system has provided all the resources we could ever need, right here in our neighborhood. DSI will harvest, process and manufacture these resources, creating a reliable supply chain of products, fuel and building supplies in space.
Why Asteroid Mining?
- Human expansion into the solar system has been severely limited by the expense and energy requirements of launching materials from Earth. The availability of supplies and resources in space will fundamentally change the economics of space exploration and settlement.
- Near Earth Asteroids (NEAs) contain a wealth of useful materials such as water, metals and silicates.
- To date, scientists and astronomers have discovered over 13,000 Near Earth Asteroids (NEAs).
- Many of these NEAs are energetically easier to reach than the Moon and are close enough to Earth that round-trip missions can be completed in as little as six months.
Why are Asteroid Resources Important?
- During the formation of the Earth, as the planet cooled, heavy substances such as metals, sank to the inside of the planet. This means that heavier elements, like metals, are rarely found in the Earth’s crust.
- Most mining operations exist at the sites of ancient meteorite impacts. Mines in Africa, Canada, Australia and elsewhere are currently extracting asteroid resources, deposited by devastating impacts in the distant past.
- Scientists believe that the asteroid belt contains the remnants of a planet that existed between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. For unknown reasons, this planet broke up into tiny pieces. These planet pieces contain all the same things as the other rocky planets, but their resources are much easier to access since they are not trapped in the core of a planet.
Is Asteroid Mining Feasible?
- The success of missions such as DAWN, Hayabusa and Rosetta have demonstrated that asteroid mining is both technically and economically feasible.
- Recent advances in nano satellite technology have created a wealth of new opportunities for space businesses, providing the low-cost, robust systems needed for deep space missions.
- The deep sea mining industry has pioneered robotic extraction methods that operate in harsh environments without human intervention. Such systems are easily modified for use in space.
- Deep Space Industries has assembled the most qualified team in the world to fulfill this mission. With a focus on proven science and cutting-edge technology, DSI will make asteroid mining a reality.
Deep Space Industries (DSI) announced today that renowned spacecraft designer and engineer Grant Bonin will be joining the company. Mr. Bonin, with 11 successful spacecraft in Earth orbit, will be DSI’s Chief Engineer, as the company begins to ramp up for its first asteroid missions. Read More…
Innovative Solutions In Space (ISISpace), a recognized leader in the world-wide nanosat market, and Deep Space Industries have announced a partnership that will deliver significant benefits to customers, at highly competitive prices. Deep Space Industries will utilize ISISpace’s flight proven hardware and avionics in addition to DSI’s own proprietary technologies to provide high-quality, low-cost, agile nanosat platforms in the American market. Read More…
Space is not a government program; it’s the rest of the Universe. Private space business is now a major factor, bent on finding investors interested in generating profits by making space more accessible to more people. Read More…
Deep Space Industries is saddened by the failure of the SpaceX launch. We are confident the SpaceX team will determine what went wrong, correct the issue, and be back in space faster than anyone can imagine. Failure is a necessary stepping stone to success and to a safer commercial space future. Read More…
A visionary scientist says that asteroids and comets can be the foundation of a lucrative space-based economy. The chief scientist at Deep Space Industries, John S. Lewis is a longtime proponent of asteroid mining and space-based manufacturing of propellants and life-support materials. He is a professor emeritus of planetary science at University of Arizona. Lewis spoke with Associate Editor Diane Tedeschi in July. Read more…
Deep Space Industries is a startup with an ambitious, futuristic goal: locate asteroids, check them out and then send in mining spacecraft to extract their materials for use in orbit. Deep Space Industries is a startup that wants to mine asteroids for materials. But not for use here on Earth. No, they have a more ambitious goal- use those materials to build cities up in space. Read more…