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Featured blog articles about deep space mining and technology from DSI’s world-class team of scientists, engineers, space policy experts, and business executives.

Asteroid Profile: 2017 BS5

An asteroid the size of a football field is headed straight towards us. And it will be here within days. But not to worry because 2017 BS5 will pass by Earth at a safe yet cosmically-snug gap of just 3.15 lunar distances (roughly 756,000 miles). Discovered this February, 2017 BS5 is one of five near-Earth asteroids with close approaches the folks at NASA and the Jet Propulsion Lab have their eye on. Read More…

Three Great Space Nonprofits

As the season of giving draws near now is the time to share that spirit with nonprofits! Nonprofit organizations receive the majority of their donations around the holiday season. Deep Space Industries is a proud sponsor for these deserving organizations working hard to build a better and brighter tomorrow for this generation and those to come. Read More…

Asteroid Profile: 101955 Bennu

It’s called Bennu. And scientists have been waiting for a long time to get their hands on it. Scheduled for a September 8 launch, NASA is set to embark on the first asteroid sample return mission in its history. Their deep space explorer, OSIRIS-REx, is the third spacecraft in NASA’s New Frontiers Program. The other two include the wildly successful New Horizons mission to Pluto last year, and spacecraft Juno’s historic long-term orbit of Jupiter which began in August. Read More…

Asteroids are cold, dead worlds

As mankind endeavors to open the frontier of space, and companies like Deep Space Industries prepare for asteroid mining missions in the next few years, concerns about environmental impact are being raised. So we asked Dr. John S. Lewis, chief scientist at DSI, about the realities of asteroid environments and the impact human activities will have on our near-Earth orbital companions. Read More…

Asteroid Profile: 2016 HO3

Meet near-Earth asteroid 2016 HO3. The newly-discovered “quasi-satellite” that NASA scientists say has been locked in a celestial dance with Earth for more than a century and will continue to be for centuries to come. With a width of only 40–100 meters and an average distance from Earth of 26.5 million kilometers, this curious companion was detected on April 27, 2016 by the Pan-STARRS 1 asteroid survey telescope on Haleakala, Hawaii, operated by the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy and funded by NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office. Read More…

Think small.

It’s estimated that in the last 50 years, more than 2,000 small spacecraft have been deployed into low Earth orbit. And for good reason. Deep Space Industries frequently receives questions about the miniaturized spacecraft that are shaping the commercial space industry, the role they play in harnessing the solar system’s resources, and the “microspace approach.” And what exactly is the difference between nano-, micro-, and small satellites? Read More…

Is Asteroid Mining Legal?

People often ask, “Is asteroid mining legal, especially considering the Outer Space Treaty of 1967?” The simple answer is: Yes. In November 2015, an historic step was taken toward opening up the reaches of the solar system and beyond for humanity when President Obama signed the Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act. Read More…

2013 TX68: Trash or Treasure?

A small asteroid called 2013 TX68 is due to fly past Earth next Tuesday, March 8. And while TX68 poses no threat to our planet this time around — the latest NASA projection has the asteroid missing us by about three million miles, or 12.5 times farther away than the Moon — it is something of a curiosity to scientists and skywatchers alike. Read More…

Can we afford to go into space?

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…

Why ARM? NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission

Deep Space Industries Asteroid Capture Concept  Vehicle.  Image Credit:  Bryan VersteegIn order to settle the final frontier, humanity must learn to “live off the land” by utilizing the vast resources of space.  The first step in this process is through the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM).  Read more…

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