LONDON (Reuters) – Mining in space is moving from science fiction to commercial reality but metals magnates on this planet need not fer a mountain of extraterrestrial supply – the aim is the fuel human voyages deeper into the galaxy. Within three years, two firms plan prospecting missions to passing asteroids.
Indeed, two private companies, Planetary Resources and Deep Space Industries, have recently been formed to mine asteroids and put their extraordinary amounts of natural resources—possibly trillions of dollars worth in any given body—to work transforming the human economy and human lives.
“These guys get it,” said Rick Tumlinson of Deep Space Industries, a Houston based company that in January unveiled its own plans to develop asteroids commercially.
“Placing 10 of our small Firefly spacecraft into position to intercept close encounters would take four years and less than $100 million,” Deep Space CEO David Gump said in a statement. “This will help the world develop the understanding needed to block later threats.”
Rick Tumlinson is a US businessman whose ambition is to mine asteroids and to then use the material he extracts to power space craft and satellites.
Deep Space Industries is developing the Firefly, a small spacecraft that can do close-up imaging of asteroids to determine their size and composition
Another commercial space-mining venture, Deep Space Industries, is proposing its own set of asteroid-hunting space telescopes…
…David Gump, CEO of Deep Space Industries, said: “Placing ten of our small FireFly spacecraft into position to intercept close encounters would take four years and less than $100 million. This will help the world develop the understanding needed to block later threats.”
…However the fleet could also be used to monitor small, difficult-to-detect objects that threaten to strike Earth. Deep Space Industries – which is based in McLean, Virginia – proposes building 10 spacecraft at a cost of $100m (£65m) over the next four years…
“The hundreds of people injured in northern Russia show it’s time to take action and no longer be passive about these threats,” said Rick Tumlinson, chairman of Deep Space Industries.
“The hundreds of people injured in Russia show it is time to take action and no longer be passive about these events,” said Rick Tumlinson, chairman of the US company Deep Space Industries.
The Chelyabinsk meteor shows the need to set up spacecraft circling the Earth to intercept and evaluate incoming threats, argued Rick Tumlinson, chairman of Deep Space Industries, which plans to mine asteroids for their precious metals.
The asteroid due to fly by Earth in two days’ time has an estimated worth of $195 billion (£125 billion), according to Deep Space Industries (DSI).
…two days away from an uncommonly close deal with an asteroid. worth $200 billion according to deep space industries, a space mining company estimating the asteroid could contain 65 billion dollars worth of recoverable water and $130 billion in metals. they have no plans to go after it saying the orbit makes it difficult to chase down but want …
…”While this week’s visitor isn’t going the right way for us to harvest it, there will be others that are, and we want to be ready when they arrive,” Deep Space chairman Rick Tumlinson said in a statement Tuesday…
Prospective space miners think that advancing Asteroid 2012 DA14 could be worth nearly $200 billion.
A space rock scheduled to hurtle past Earth on Feb. 15 is estimated to be worth nearly $200 billion in recoverable water, iron, nickel and other metals. That could certainly put a (small) dent in the national overdraft.
O.K., three questions: how does one calculate the cost of an asteroid? The answer: begin by hiring a “celestial mining firm.” One such organization, Deep Space Industries—which we implore you to keep in mind is, despite its name, something sort of real and not born of Michael Bay’s imagination…
…With an asteroid worth $195B wobbling around in the solar system, will it cause a “space-rush” similar to gold? What will the reality show be called?
The asteroid making a record-close approach to Earth this week could be worth up to $195 billion in fuel and metal, according to Deep Space Industries.
The business plan doesn’t seem quite so outrageous the second time around. Deep Space Industries (DSI), the second company within a year to announce a plan to mine asteroids for water and mineral wealth, made its plans public on Tuesday…
…Deep Space Industries says it wants to start sending miniature scout probes, dubbed “Fireflies,” on one-way missions to near-Earth asteroids as soon as 2015…
Deep Space Industries’ backers say that their newly revealed plan to seek out and dig into near-Earth asteroids has already attracted interest and investors — but they also admit they’re looking for much more.
Swarms of spacecraft may soon be mining asteroids for fuel and minerals and building spare parts in space, if a new private space venture has its way.
“If you can dream it, you can be it.” So go the opening remarks on the website of Deep Space Industries, a newly established space exploration company which announced … plans on creating the world’s first fleet of commercial asteroid-mining spacecraft.