Deep Space Industries http://deepspaceindustries.com Space resources company with initial focus on asteroid prospecting, mining, and processing to serve high-value in-space markets. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 23:40:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Why ARM? http://deepspaceindustries.com/why-arm/ http://deepspaceindustries.com/why-arm/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:26:16 +0000 http://deepspaceindustries.com/?p=2728 Deep Space Industries Asteroid Capture Concept  Vehicle.  Image Credit:  Bryan Versteeg

In 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).

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NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) is Vital to the Future of Humanity in Space
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This concept image shows an astronaut preparing to take samples from the captured asteroid. Image Credit: NASA

For 50 years NASA has been the world leader in space exploration and development, ushering humanity into the space age through innovative technologies and unparalleled scientific discoveries.  As we push forward to a new space agenda focused on long-term human settlement, NASA’s leadership is key to removing barriers and creating new capabilities.  In 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).

NASA will announce in February whether they will gather and return an entire small asteroid, or a piece of a larger asteroid, repositioning the material into orbit around the Moon.  Astronauts, and eventually private companies, will then be able to study the material in an effort to better understand the resources available from near-Earth asteroids.

Deep Space Industries sees particular importance in returning tons of material from a carbonaceous chondrite asteroid so that the private sector can conduct pilot production of propellant and other products. Only ounces of such material exist from meteorite falls or will be collected during upcoming science-oriented asteroid missions; and currently none of this material is available for processing tests.

Until theoretical predictions are followed up with verifiable data, NASA and the private sector cannot confidently invest in unlocking the huge exploration leverage offered by asteroid resources. While in-situ resources on the lunar surface and on Mars benefit only activities in those two places, ARM is a key step toward showing that asteroid resources returned to cis-lunar space will enhance the economics of all space activities, from propellants and radiation shielding for expeditions to the Moon and Mars to the resupply of Earth-orbit enterprises.

The tons of material returned by ARM will be crucial to pilot production of soft cryogens such as methane and LOX, as well as storables such as methanol and hydrogen peroxide. These chemical fuels provide for the rapid delivery of crews to Mars and robotic missions to the outer planets. Also, the larger solar arrays spurred by ARM will provide very useful high power levels for the in-space processing of asteroid-derived products.

The agency’s collaborative process for formulating ARM has been cognizant of the great potential for industry to build upon what NASA initially creates. Overall, ARM provides truly important strides toward a sustainable and expansive exploration agenda across the solar system.

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Deep Space Industries Asteroid Capture Concept Vehicle. Image Credit: Bryan Versteeg

Deep Space Industries' Asteroid Sampling Concept.  Image Credit:  Bryan Versteeg

Deep Space Industries’ Asteroid Sampling Concept. Image Credit: Bryan Versteeg

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Asteroid Discoveries Surge by 42 Percent in 2014 http://deepspaceindustries.com/asteroid-discoveries-surge-by-42-percent-in-2014/ http://deepspaceindustries.com/asteroid-discoveries-surge-by-42-percent-in-2014/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 16:23:41 +0000 http://deepspaceindustries.com/?p=2579 NEO graph

The world’s telescopes found a record number of near Earth objects (NEOs) in 2014, with 1,470 discoveries in the past year.  This was a 42 percent increase over the number of NEOs found in 2013.  The running total of Near Earth Objects (with known orbits) reached 12,043 by the end of the year.

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The world’s telescopes found a record number of near Earth objects (NEOs) in 2014, with 1,470 discoveries in the past year.  This was a 42 percent increase over the number of NEOs found in 2013.  The running total of Near Earth Objects (with known orbits) reached 12,043 by the end of the year.asteroid-png-0

The Pan-STARS system in Hawaii found 619 NEOs, and the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona tagged another 611.  A brand new system in Chile designed to track distant galaxies in the southern sky – the Dark Energy Survey – discovered a further 131 Near Earth Objects.

While this is excellent progress, there is still much work to be done in this field.  The still-unseen near Earth asteroids and comets, larger than 1 meter in diameter, are estimated to number more than two million.

Of the NEOs tracked to date, 1,533 are cataloged as “potentially” hazardous to Earth.  None of these actually threaten Earth now, but NEO orbits are not stable and random events can move them into new trajectories that could be problematic.  The official definition of potentially hazardous covers NEOs that come within 4.65 million miles of Earth and are at least 150 meters in size – about 500 feet – large enough to level Los Angeles or London.

However, the Chelyabinsk air burst in 2013 caused extensive property damage and the object was less than 20 meters in diameter.  Including Chelyabinsk-size asteroids would boost the potentially hazardous count to about 10,000 objects.

As the number of identified Near Earth Objects continues to grow, so does the need for reliable methodologies of mitigating the threat of object impact.  Deep Space Industries is developing an Electromagnetic Regolith Rocket that can use an asteroid’s own surface soil as propellant to alter the objects trajectory.  This rocket is specifically designed to deflect threatening objects that are discovered with only a few year’s warning before impact.  This innovative technology would replace the controversial approach of using nuclear weapons to blow up asteroids, which would produce debris with hard-to-predict trajectories.

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NASA Postpones Decision on Asteroid Redirect Mission Strategy http://deepspaceindustries.com/nasa-postpones-decision-on-asteroid-redirect-mission-strategy/ http://deepspaceindustries.com/nasa-postpones-decision-on-asteroid-redirect-mission-strategy/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:04:30 +0000 http://deepspaceindustries.com/?p=2537 DSI-Dragonfly-picker_BV-21-01-13

NASA’s  asteroid capture team briefed Associate Administrator Robert Lightfoot yesterday on the two leading strategies, and neither came out the clear winner.  Mr. Lightfoot gave the team two more months to sort through the implications and benefits of each.

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NASA’s  asteroid capture team briefed Associate Administrator Robert Lightfoot yesterday on the two leading strategies, and neither came out the clear winner.  Mr. Lightfoot gave the team two more months to sort through the implications and benefits of each.  One approach is to rendezvous with a six- to fifteen-foot diameter near Earth asteroid (NEA) and capture it in an inflated bag.  The other approach would visit a larger NEA and select the most promising surface boulder to collect.  This second approach would cost about $100 million more than the first strategy, but Mr. Lightfoot said it also would demonstrate more technology useful to an eventual Mars mission.

Deep Space Industries is under contract to NASA to advise it on how to enhance the agency’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) so that it attracts industry-funded enhancements.  These potential improvements range from precursor missions that scout NEAs to find those with the best resource value, to designing experiments to process material from the returned asteroid to test the creation of rocket propellant, oxygen for life support, and metals for construction habitats and other structures in space.  The final Deep Space report will be delivered to NASA next month.

A final decision will come in late February at a Mission Concept Review, along with a decision on the launch date – sometime in mid 2019 or later.  Fresh cost estimates for the two approaches also will be completed by then.  NASA officials expect ARM to cost about $1.25 billion, not counting the launch vehicle, which could be a Delta Heavy, a Falcon Heavy or a Space Launch System booster.

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Deep Space Industries Congratulates JAXA on the Successful launch of Hayabusa 2 http://deepspaceindustries.com/deep-space-industries-congratulates-jaxa-on-the-successful-launch-of-hayabusa-2/ http://deepspaceindustries.com/deep-space-industries-congratulates-jaxa-on-the-successful-launch-of-hayabusa-2/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 17:35:28 +0000 http://deepspaceindustries.com/?p=2504

JAXA is leading the way in the development of an asteroid mining and space resource economy. Deep Space Industries extends our sincere congratulations to the Haybusa team on their previous and future successes. We share the team’s passion for the exploration and development of deep space resources and congratulate them on their progressive approach to advancing the science and technology needed to extend humanity’s presence into the solar system.

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An artist's rendition of the Hayabusa 2 (Provided by JAXA)

Artist’s rendition of the Hayabusa 2 (Credit: JAXA)

Today the Japanese space agency, JAXA successfully launched the Hayabusa 2 spacecraft, a scientific mission that will blow a crater in the remote asteroid (162173) 1999 JU3, an Apollo class asteroid, and collect samples to return to Earth.

The spacecraft carries a kinetic impactor (space cannon) which will  be fired onto the surface of the asteroid to create an artificial crater that JAXA hopes will yield samples that are less weathered by the space environment.  The materials unearthed by the creation of the crater may contain organic molecules, water, or other substances not found on the surface of the asteroid.

Hayabusa 2 will be sampling material that has been isolated for 4.5 billion years and will return tangible quantities of this material for scientific study. This mission will provide a treasure trove of information about in-space resources.

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The Hayabusa 2 asteroid mission blasts off from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan. Credit: JAXA

JAXA is leading the way in the development of an asteroid mining and space resource economy. Deep Space Industries extends our sincere congratulations to the Haybusa team on their previous and future successes.  We share the team’s passion for the exploration and development of deep space resources and congratulate them on their progressive approach to advancing the science and technology needed to extend humanity’s presence into the solar system.

Artist’s concept of the Hayabusa 2 spacecraft collecting samples

Artist’s concept of the Hayabusa 2 spacecraft collecting samples from asteroid 1999 JU3. Image credit: JAXA

The design and configuration of the spacecraft is based on the original Hayabusa which became the first mission bring back asteroid samples back to earth in 2010. The new version incorporates an improved engine and new antennas for improved communication with Earth. The Hayabusa 2 is expected to reach its target asteroid in 2018 and return to Earth with asteroid samples in December of 2020.

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Deep Space Industries and Solid Prototype Announce a Strategic Partnership http://deepspaceindustries.com/dsi-and-solid-prototype-announce-partnership/ http://deepspaceindustries.com/dsi-and-solid-prototype-announce-partnership/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 15:10:58 +0000 http://deepspaceindustries.com/?p=2478 Solid Prototype will be an integral part of DSI’s spacecraft design process, helping reduce costs and decrease turnaround time

 Houston, TX – December 1, 2014.  Deep Space Industries and Solid Prototype, Inc are pleased to announce the development of a strategic partnership between the two companies.  Solid Prototype will be providing 3D printing services for DSI, in an effort to revolutionize the spacecraft design and development industry through faster turnaround, lower cost, and weight reduction.]]>
Solid Prototype Inc. integrates with DSI’s spacecraft design process, helping reduce costs and decrease turnaround time
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High-resolution 3D Printing by Solid Prototype, LLC is revolutionizing the industry

Houston, TX – December 1, 2014.  Deep Space Industries and Solid Prototype Inc. today announced a strategic partnership to revolutionize spacecraft design and production through Solid Prototype’s 3D printing services, targeted at reducing fabrication costs, speeding turnaround times for new designs, and eliminating mass from spacecraft structures.

“Solid Prototype’s technology services will enable Deep Space Industries to achieve the rapid turnaround and fast iteration that is crucial to bringing down the cost of space exploration,” said DSI Vice Chair, David Gump. “We are intending, over time, to see how much of the contents of our spacecraft can become integrated with the structure, thereby reducing the mass required to reach a desired structural strength.”

As 3D printing technology matures, DSI and Solid Prototype will be at the forefront of bringing 3D printing innovations to deep space. The industry and the technology are still evolving, and this partnership will help push the technology to new heights.

“We are about to witness a product development revolution for space, and the obvious first step will be through 3D-printing,” said Barton Bollfrass, CEO of Solid Prototype.  “We are thrilled to be providing Deep Space Industries with the prototypes needed for its CubeSat projects.”

Solid Prototype brings a depth of 3D printing expertise to the partnership.  It was the first stand-alone 3D-printing service bureau in North America when the company was founded in 2011 and now services a majority of the Fortune 500 companies that utilize this technology.

“The ability to solve intricate design and manufacturing programs is an important component of our business success,” said Deep Space Industries CEO Daniel Faber. “The partnership with Solid Prototype will help provide the resources and innovation that we need to further our corporate vision.”

About Solid Prototype:
Solid Prototype is the current leader in 3D printing services in North America.  We offer the fastest turnaround on Earth, operate the most accurate machines in existence, and only offer true 3D-printing services – we never use FDM.”

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About Deep Space Industries:
Deep Space Industries is a space resources and technology company, developing efficient means to locate, harvest, refine and manufacture the resources of our solar system. DSI is applying these unique capabilities and technologies to provide solutions for both terrestrial and space-sector customers.

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Deep Space Industries Welcomes PR and Communications Expert Meagan Crawford to the Team http://deepspaceindustries.com/deep-space-industries-welcomes-meagan-crawford/ http://deepspaceindustries.com/deep-space-industries-welcomes-meagan-crawford/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:51:44 +0000 http://deepspaceindustries.com/?p=2463

As the strategic development of DSI continues, the addition of Meagan’s unique skill set adds considerable value to the company

Houston, TX – November 18, 2014. Deep Space Industries is pleased to announce the appointment of Meagan Crawford as the company’s PR and Communications Manager. Meagan is a corporate communications and public relations expert with significant experience in marketing and business development.

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As the strategic development of DSI continues, the addition of Meagan’s unique skill set adds considerable value to the company

 

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Meagan Crawford, corporate communications expert, joins Deep Space Industries as the Public Relations Manager. Image Credit: Audrey Pahls

Houston, TX – November 18, 2014.  Deep Space Industries is pleased to announce the appointment of Meagan Crawford as the company’s PR and Communications Manager.  Meagan is a corporate communications and public relations expert with significant experience in marketing and business development.

“Meagan is a rare talent in the space field. She not only ‘gets it’ but she can write about it, talk about it, package it and send it out in a press release – linked to an awesome website,” said Deep Space Chair Rick Tumlinson. “She brings us a level of understanding and professionalism that will greatly enhance our ability to share the message that Deep Space is on the move!”

Meagan’s work has won numerous awards, including an American Marketing Association “Crystal Award” as well as recognition from the Texas Business Hall of Fame, the Rice Alliance and others.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Space Frontier Foundation and a managing team member of the NewSpace Business Plan Competition.  She holds an MBA from Rice University where she focused in Entrepreneurship, and a BBA from the University of Houston where she majored in Marketing.

“Deep Space Industries is growing rapidly and Meagan’s addition to the team will help ensure that our brand reflects these positive developments,” said DSI CEO Daniel Faber. “Her expertise will be instrumental in communicating the global benefits of the endeavor we are engaged in, and the forward momentum and success we are experiencing.”

Meagan joins a team of experienced managers, engineers and scientists, and helps to round out the business expertise needed to fulfill the company’s mission.

Deep Space Industries is a space resources and technology company, developing efficient means to locate, harvest, refine and manufacture the resources of our solar system. DSI is applying these unique capabilities and technologies to provide solutions for both terrestrial and space-sector customers.

Deep Space Industries is planning a series of reconnaissance spacecraft which will be sent in search of mineral-rich asteroids.

Deep Space Industries is planning a series of reconnaissance spacecraft which will be sent in search of mineral-rich asteroids. Image Credit: Bryan Versteeg, Deep Space Industries

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Comet Landing as a Prelude to Asteroid Mining http://deepspaceindustries.com/comet-landing-as-a-prelude-to-asteroid-mining/ http://deepspaceindustries.com/comet-landing-as-a-prelude-to-asteroid-mining/#comments Sat, 15 Nov 2014 22:28:06 +0000 http://deepspaceindustries.com/?p=2447

The Boston Globe Ideas column examines how the spectacular Rosetta comet mission and its Philae lander demonstrate that the challenges involved in industrial asteroid harvesting can be met and overcome...

 

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On Wednesday the European Space Agency achieved a remarkable feat, successfully landing a probe on the surface of a speeding comet, 317 million miles from earth. The success of the Rosetta mission was a banner day for space exploration. It also made one small, quixotic industry suddenly seem a lot less like science fiction: asteroid mining.

David Gump is the vice chairman of Deep Space Industries, one company currently planning to send probes on one-year prospecting trips to near-earth asteroids. In an e-mail, he said such trips would be “much easier” than Rosetta’s mission, which required a decade of travel past Mars. Rosetta’s landing, he hopes, will make his company’s plans look more realistic to investors and customers…

 

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Mining Entrepreneur Julian Malnic Joins Deep Space Industries’ Board http://deepspaceindustries.com/julian-malnic-joins-board/ http://deepspaceindustries.com/julian-malnic-joins-board/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 06:07:28 +0000 http://deepspaceindustries.com/?p=2425

Deep Space Industries welcomes a prolific mining entrepreneur and accomplished company builder, Julian Malnic, to its Board of Directors.

Deep Space Industries is pleased to announce the election of Julian Malnic, accomplished entrepreneur and business leader, to its Board. In his new role with DSI, he will add invaluable experience, perspective and drive to the Board of Directors.

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Deep Space Industries welcomes a prolific mining entrepreneur and accomplished company builder, Julian Malnic, to its Board of Directors.

 

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Julian Malnic joins Deep Space Industries Board of Directors

Houston, TX – November 13, 2014.  Deep Space Industries is pleased to announce the election of Julian Malnic, accomplished entrepreneur and business leader, to its Board.  Julian is a recognized leader in the global mining industry, having founded both Nautilus Minerals Inc. and Direct Nickel, an emerging nickel producer with a revolutionary and dramatically lower cost extraction technology. In his new role with DSI, Mr. Malnic will add invaluable experience, perspective and drive to the Board of Directors.

“Julian’s addition to DSI’s Board reflects the accelerating evolution of the Company” said Rick Tumlinson, Chair of Deep Space Industries. “Not only is he a geologist with a lot of processing experience, but he is also founder of the world’s first deep sea mining company. He brings us an invaluable level of experience in transformatory mineral resource ventures.”

In addition to founding both Nautilus Minerals Inc. (TSX:NUS, AIM:NUS) and Direct Nickel (ASX:DIR), Mr. Malnic is also the Founder and Chairman of the Sydney Mining Club, the managing director of Fluid Minerals Limited, and Director of Public Relations for the Constitution Education Fund of Australia.  He is a well-known voice in mining and policy circles in Australia.

“Space resources is a fast-moving investment frontier and I really like DSI’s focus on using materials that are already out there,” said new Board member, Julian Malnic.  “Deep Space Industries is not just an innovator in its industry, it is pioneering it.  Using asteroid materials must be the primary basis for any serious development of space. I think DSI is very well positioned to do this.”

Julian Malnic has been involved with DSI in an advisory capacity since before the company announced itself in January 2013. His down-to-Earth experience compliments the existing space and engineering elements of the company.  Julian joins his fellow Board Member and Australian mining expert Mark Sonter to provide insight into business and mining policy and practices, as well as the practical, “shovel in the dirt” realities of processing raw mineral materials.

“DSI is evolving rapidly, and the addition of Julian to our Board of Directors will add to the forward momentum we’re currently experiencing,” said DSI CEO Daniel Faber. “His years of achievement in the mining industry, his success in building value in multiple innovative ventures, and his experience as an international business leader will help Deep Space Industries achieve continued results for shareholders in the coming years.

Deep Space Industries is a technology and spacecraft design company, working to develop efficient means of utilizing the resources of outer space.  DSI will locate, harvest, refine and manufacture the resources of our solar system, with a focus on providing both near and long term solutions for terrestrial and in-space customers.

Deep Space Industries is planning a series of reconnaissance spacecraft which will be sent in search of mineral-rich asteroids.

Deep Space Industries is planning a series of reconnaissance spacecraft which will be sent in search of mineral-rich asteroids. Image Credit: Bryan Versteeg, Deep Space Industries

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Commercial Space Advocates Remain Confident Despite Accidents http://deepspaceindustries.com/commercial-space-advocates-remain-confident-despite-accidents/ http://deepspaceindustries.com/commercial-space-advocates-remain-confident-despite-accidents/#comments Tue, 04 Nov 2014 16:27:02 +0000 http://deepspaceindustries.com/?p=2247

Deep Space Chair Rick Tumlinson counsels commercial space companies to acknowledge the challenges faced by pioneering a new path to space, and redouble efforts to find the right solutions to tough technical problems.

Rick Tumlinson, chairman of the board of space resources company Deep Space Industries and a longtime advocate of commercial space ventures, said he learned about the accident when he arrived at the conference that afternoon, and brought it up in a previously scheduled speech at the end of the day. “We had a heart-to-heart talk about it,” he said in a Nov. 1 interview.

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Deep Space Chair Rick Tumlinson counsels commercial space companies to acknowledge the challenges faced by pioneering a new path to space, and redouble efforts to find the right solutions to tough technical problems.

Rick Tumlinson, chairman of the board of space resources company Deep Space Industries and a longtime advocate of commercial space ventures, said he learned about the accident when he arrived at the conference that afternoon, and brought it up in a previously scheduled speech at the end of the day. “We had a heart-to-heart talk about it,” he said in a Nov. 1 interview.

 

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Deep Space Laments Loss of First Asteroid Company Spacecraft Mission http://deepspaceindustries.com/deep-space-laments-loss-of-first-asteroid-company-spacecraft-mission/ http://deepspaceindustries.com/deep-space-laments-loss-of-first-asteroid-company-spacecraft-mission/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 03:00:04 +0000 http://deepspaceindustries.com/?p=2233 News announcements

HOUSTON, Texas – Oct. 28 – Executives at Deep Space Industries lamented the loss of Planetary Resources ARKYD 3 that was destroyed during the launch of Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket, which exploded six seconds after lift-off on the evening of October 28, 2014.

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Deep Space Industries offers condolences after the loss of Planetary Resources’ ARKYD 3 due to the unfortunate loss of Orbital Sciences’ Antares Rocket

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HOUSTON, Texas – Oct. 28 – Executives at Deep Space Industries lamented the loss of Planetary Resources ARKYD 3 that was destroyed during the launch of Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket, which exploded six seconds after lift-off on the evening of October 28, 2014.

“We stand with our brothers and sisters at Planetary Resources on the loss of their first ARKYD spacecraft in today’s accident at Wallops Island,” said Deep Space CEO Daniel Faber. “We know how hard they have been working, and the high expectations we all had for their first mission. Even as we design and prepare our own spacecraft, we recognize that a loss for one of us is a loss for all.”

The ARKYD 3, a small test vehicle for future asteroids missions, was to be carried to low Earth orbit aboard the Orbital Sciences Antares launch vehicle, whose main payload was the Cygnus re-supply module destined for the International Space Station. The small ARKYD spacecraft was to have been the first of a series of orbital test flights scheduled for Planetary Resources, while Deep Space Industries’ test flights will begin in 2015.

“We are not competitors as much as we are compatriots, working towards the same goal: the opening of space for humanity. Both companies are attempting to prove that our goals are not just possible, but will become profitable.” said Chair Rick Tumlinson. “Space is hard, and accidents like this remind us that any number of things can go wrong on our way to achieving our dreams. We are sure they will continue to move ahead, and look forward to continuing our friendly race to harvest the resources of space.”

Deep Space Industries is moving ahead on its own plans to launch experimental spacecraft into low Earth orbit in the near future. Like PRI, the company will be “hitching” rides on larger space missions, and using relatively low cost, miniaturized systems to realize capabilities that once required major space systems. Deep Space seeks to harvest the vast resources of space, thus starting new industries, creating incredible returns for their investors, lowering the costs of space travel, and opening the frontier to humanity.

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