Deep Space in the News

Coverage of Deep Space Industries in the news media.

How to Succeed in the Asteroid Business Without Really Mining

WHEN MOST PEOPLE think of asteroids, they might think of phrases like “civilization killer.” Or “boring rock.” But other people think “business opportunity.” A growing set of companies, including Deep Space Industries and Planetary Resources, want to mine asteroids for all they’re worth. After digging out materials like water and precious metals, entrepreneurs can sell those commodities in space—to the maybe-burgeoning exploration industry—and back on Earth. Read More…

The Extraterrestrial Commodities Market

Air&SpaceA 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.  Read more…

Silicon Valley Startups Enter the Space Race

sjbj-logoWhen Scott Nolan was an undergrad at Cornell studying aerospace engineering, he saw two ways to further the passion he had developed while building and launching rockets as a teen. “The two options looked like going to work at NASA or going to work with a large corporation that was fulfilling space contracts with the government — a Boeing, a Lockheed or Northrup,” said the partner at San Francisco-based Founders Fund.  Read more…

‘Space Lawyers’ Help Startups Navigate the Final Legal Frontier

wsj-wallstreetjournal-convertedAttorneys make up new legalese as businesses reach for the stars; spacecraft tort, asteroid mining disputes.  When Sagi Kfir meets people and tells them he is a “space attorney,” they usually think he has a strange way of saying he is in real estate. He says that when he adds that he is chief counsel of an asteroid mining company, people start telling “Star Wars” jokes. One common question: Do you represent Chewbacca or Han Solo? “I’m always the most interesting lawyer at a cocktail party,” says Mr. Kfir, 42 years old.  Read More…

How Asteroid Mining Could Pay for Our First Space Colony

gizmodo_03Many of us dream of living on other planets, but are two things we’ll need before it can actually happen: money and raw materials. Now some companies say they have a solution to this problem. They’ll mine asteroids for valuable metal ores, and for basic resources like water that we’ll need once we’re far from Earth. Originally published on Gizmodo.com  Read More…

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