Space Resources

Asteroid Mining - An Unlimited Future
Asteroid SimulantsAsteroid Mining

Locally sourced for local use.

Supporting space commerce with space resources. 

The business of space is growing rapidly. It is currently a $330 billion industry with accelerating growth. The number of new private companies being created to use space commercially is at an all-time high, with $13.3 billion invested in over eighty space startup companies since 2000. Continuing rapid growth of in-space businesses will increase the need for an in-space supply of propellants, life support materials, metals, and other commodities. This is the goal of Deep Space Industries: in-space delivery of the right materials, to the right place, for the right price, to support the sustainable expansion of Earth’s economy into space.

What?

Asteroid resources.

Asteroid resources include all the same materials planets are made of, providing an abundant supply of exactly what we need in space. Specifically, C-group and related classes of asteroids contain high abundances of water and important elements — including organic carbon, sulfur, nitrogen, and phosphorus — as well as ferrous metals.

Learn More:
Is asteroid mining legal?

Where?

Near Earth Asteroids.

The initial targets for mining are those that pass through Earth’s neighborhood. Many water-rich Near Earth Asteroids (NEAs) are easy to access as they travel around the Sun in very similar orbits to Earth. Additionally, these small bodies have very little mass, and therefore very little gravity, making it easy to extract resources.

Learn More:
Near Earth Asteroid 2013 TX68: Trash or Treasure?

How?

Mining asteroids.

Asteroid mining begins with prospecting for the best resources. Then materials are harvested and processed into refined, usable supplies. Finally, these resources can be manufactured into finished products. DSI and its partners are developing end-to-end technologies to accomplish these steps in the unique environment of space.

Learn More:
The Deep Space Approach: 4 Phases of Asteroid Mining

Why water?

Because water will fuel the future. 

Water is the most abundant chemical compound in the Universe. It is abundant in our solar system and is fundamental to life and business operations in space. Water is vital to supporting human habitation for things such as drinking water, agriculture, radiation shielding, and oxygen. Additionally, water, as super-heated vapor, can be used as propellant. It can also be broken down into its constituent parts — liquid hydrogen and oxygen — to be used as fuel.

Water is at the core of Deep Space Industries’ work both today and in the future. It is the first resource we will harvest, and the first product we will sell. It is the basis for the propulsion systems that are being integrated into small satellites today, such as DSI’s market-optimized Comet™ thruster. Water is the core resource that will support businesses and humans in space. 

Learn More:
Comet Smallsat Propulsion

The Deep Space Approach

4 Phases of Asteroid Mining

Asteroid Simulants

Now Commercially Available

News & Announcements

Doug Jones joins Deep Space Industries

Deep Space Industries is pleased to announce that Doug Jones, formerly chief test engineer at XCOR, is joining the company’s growing team as director of propulsion systems. “We see Doug as one of the top rocket engineers in the country, and a great addition to our first-class team of small-spacecraft engineers,” said Bill Miller, the chief executive officer of Deep Space Industries. Read More…

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…

Deep Space Industries Secures NASA Aerobrake Funding

The NIAC grant will research the manufacturing of an aerobrake system from the asteroid’s regolith (soil) collected from mining operations. The aerobrake system would act as a large heat shield that would allow the spacecraft to pass through Earth’s atmosphere, creating enough drag to slow down the payload without using propellant. Read More…

Bill Miller, Veteran Start-Up Strategist, Joins DSI as Chief Executive Officer

Deep Space Industries is excited to announce that Bill Miller will be joining the company as Chief Executive Officer to position DSI for rapid growth in the coming years. With an impeccable track record of growing technology companies, Bill brings game-changing approaches, solutions, and perspectives to DSI through his experience in defining, developing, and delivering results for dynamic organizations. Read More…

Share this page:

Pin It on Pinterest