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Clive Cookson reports that the Luxembourg government announced this week that it will promote a commercial asteroid mining industry astonished even seasoned space industry observers. He opines that doubters, like himself, had many questions. Is it feasible to extract materials from asteroids, rock and ice hundreds of millions of miles away, and process them into useful products and commodities? If so, can anyone make money out of it? And even if the economics stack up, why should little Luxembourg be involved?

Further consideration and conversations with the project promoters are be... More →
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Mike Wall opined in 2015 that asteroid mining could shift from sci-fi to world-changing reality soon. Planetary Resources deployed its first spacecraft from the International Space Station last month, and the Washington-based asteroid-mining company aims to launch a series of increasingly ambitious and capable probes over the next few years.

The goal is to begin transforming asteroid water into rocket fuel within a decade, and eventually to harvest valuable and useful platinum-group metals from space rocks. They have every expectation that delivering water from asteroids and creatin... More →
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Profiting from the riches that moons, asteroids, and unknown planets have to offer not only seems closer than ever, but experts have concluded that space mining will likely dominate the extractive industry in the short term of the next few decades. That was the main conclusion of the Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA) conference held last week in Toronto.

Arny Sokoloff, the head of the organization, told attendees that mining on the Moon or near-by asteroids would one day become one of the major factors in the development of space. For him, there is no doubt that space minin... More →
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This concept animation illustrates the robotic segment of NASA Asteroid Redirect Mission. The Asteroid Redirect Vehicle, powered by solar electric propulsion, travels to a large asteroid to robotically collect a boulder from its surface. It then conducts a gravity tractor planetary defense demonstration on the asteroid before bringing the captured boulder to a stable orbit around the moon where astronauts can visit, explore, and sample it.

It has begun ...
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Astrobotic Technology Inc. is a Pittsburgh based company that delivers affordable space robotics technology and planetary missions. Amidst the burgeoning commercial space industry, Astrobotic is pioneering affordable planetary access that promises to spark a new era of exploration, science, tourism, resource utilization and mining. The catalyst is a race to the Moon led by Google Lunar X PRIZE teams and countries like China and India. For the first time in history, start-ups and universities are competing with nations to land on the Moon. Astrobotic was spun out of Carnegie Mellon Universit... More →
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Researchers from the Scottish University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow, have found 12 asteroids that could be easily blasted into accessible orbit and subsequently mined.
According to the MIT Technology Review, the team analyzed a list of 9,000 near-Earth celestial bodies relatively close to our planet in search of those that could follow into the so-called Easily Retrievable Objects category (EROs).

Geologists believe that asteroids hold iron ore, nickel and precious metals at much higher concentrations than those found on Earth. In fact, an asteroid that flew by the earth earlie... More →
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Science fiction authors and futurists have been musing on the possibility of mining asteroids for decades, but last year a company called Planetary Resources declared its intention to actually do it. That got people thinking about whether or not humanity has really reached the point where asteroid mining could become a reality. A group of astronomers at the University of Strathclyde in the UK have replied with an emphatic positive response. They have identified 12 near-Earth asteroids that could be easily retrieved and mined with current rocket technology.

They conclude that asteroi... More →
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Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9 Astronaut, has a strong interest in protecting the earth from NEOs.

The B612 Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization started by a group of notable scientists, including two former NASA astronauts. Our vision is to harness the power of science and technology to protect the future of our planet, while extending our reach into the solar system. Our name was inspired by the famed children's book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. B612 is the asteroid home cared for by The Little Prince.... More →
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Dom Galeon reports that with the U.S. Congress giving NASA the funds it needs to send manned missions to Mars, the space agency is serious about making it to our nearest neighbor. They are taking a multi-step approach, first focusing on improving human spaceflight capabilities through tests of technologies like the Space Launch System (SLS) megarocket out near the Moon.

Before it sends people to Mars, NASA has several more unmanned missions in the works. The first is InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport), which is set for a 2018 laun... More →
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Dr. Conca opines that we are going to return to the Moon. No question. And long-term human settlement will follow at some point, mainly to develop mineral and energy resources available on the Moon, but also to install protective systems aimed at avoiding large asteroid impacts of the type we were all recently made aware with that grazing meteor strike in Chelyabinsk and the simultaneous near-miss by big-rock DA14.

Shortages in the foreseeable future of key inorganic elements, such as rare earth elements, for electronic gadgets and renewable energy systems, platinum and other relat... More →
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The asteriod, designated 1998-QE2, will be studied by radar in some detail by NASA and associated groups.

The video was produced by Science@NASA and is especially well done and informative.
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With over ten years of research and development, we are dedicated to providing affordable options for spaceflight to national space agencies and corporate clients. In 2006 and 2007, we launched our orbiting prototypes Genesis I and Genesis II, and we are currently working on new-generation spacecraft. Using our patented expandable habitats, our plan is to greatly exceed the usable space of the International Space Station at a fraction of the cost.

Bigelow Aerospace founder and President, Robert T. Bigelow, is a Las Vegas native who for nearly forty years has operated as a general c... More →
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Jeff Foust reports that NASA announced in 2016 that it has awarded a contract to Blue Origin to perform suborbital research flights as part of the NASA Flight Opportunities program. Under the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract, Blue Origin will be eligible to fly research payloads on its New Shepard suborbital vehicle. The contract has a maximum value of $45 million, although the actual value depends on the number of task orders for research flights awarded by NASA.

Blue Origin, which has identified research payloads as one of the key markets for New Shepard, has alre... More →
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Boeing Space Exploration, headquartered in Houston, is a leading provider of human space flight and space exploration systems and services. Since the dawn of the Space Age, Boeing has designed, developed, built and operated human and robotic space vehicles as well as supporting hardware. The Boeing legacy began with the X-15, spanned Gemini, Mercury, Apollo and Skylab, and continues with the Space Shuttle, International Space Station and Commercial Crew programs. Space Exploration, a division within Boeing Defense, Space and Security Network and Space Systems business, employs approximately 3,... More →
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Bill Ambrose indicates that future success in exploration and human habitation of the solar system will depend on space missions and settlements becoming more self-sustaining through exploitation of extraterrestrial (i.e., local) energy and material resources. For example, the Moon contains a wide variety of energy minerals and other resources that can potentially be used for manufacture of propellants for space transportation, volatiles for manufacture of chemicals, and metals for construction of solar power facilities, industrial plants, and structures for human habitation.

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John M. Curchin and Roger N. Clark conclude that hydrocarbon reservoirs at Titan come in many forms, such as gases and condensates in the atmosphere, as surface accumulations of liquid in lakes, slushy soils, and solid sediments, and in the subsurface, perhaps caged within clathrate hydrates or as part of a global hydrocarbon aquifer.

Because Titan is so far from the Sun and contains multiple atmospheric haze layers, information on its surface features and their composition is extremely difficult to obtain and is acquired via imaging instruments that operate at wavelengths less aff... More →
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Michael D. Campbell, et al., wraps up Memoir 101 by concluding that fusion power will not likely be available for many decades. In the meantime, the existing fission power and natural gas will provide the energy for generating electricity on the grid-scale in the U.S. and overseas, the former for also powering off-world exploration and mining in the foreseeable future. During the past ten years, China, Japan, India, and other countries have mounted serious missions to explore the Moon and elsewhere. Recent exploration discoveries by Japan and the U.S. on the Moon may mark the beginning of a ne... More →
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Wu Yanhua, deputy chief of the National Space Administration, said Beijing aims to launch its first Mars probe around 2020 to carry out orbiting and roving exploration, followed by a second mission that would include collection of surface samples from the Red Planet. The announcement was made in a press conference held early this week for the release of a policy paper that detailed China intent to explore deep space.

The ultimate goal is to establish China as frontrunner in the field of space exploration by 2030. By then, the country also plans to have landed on the moon, a goal the... More →
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Dom Galeon reports that China wants to take a shortcut in sending their rockets into space. Instead of the usual take off from the ground, Chinese engineers are working on designing a space rocket that can be launched from an aircraft, according to a senior official talking to state-run newspaper China Daily.

Li Tongyu, the head of carrier rocket development at the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, explained that the rockets are meant to send hundreds of low-orbit satellites into space for military and research purposes. The academy designers already have a ready-for-produ... More →
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China plans to return to the moon early 2020s. Filling one shuttle cargo bay with helium-3 could bring the equivalent energy of 1 billion barrels of oil back to earth. In 2009, NASA launched the first lunar mining competition called The Lunabotics Mining Competition (now simply called the Robotic Mining Competition) that aims to generate innovative ideas and solutions, which could be applied to actual lunar excavation for NASA. Google is also sponsoring a moon-related prize, the Lunar X-prize, a 40 million US dollars competition to encourage privately funded teams to launch land a robot safely... More →
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Mike Wall reports that China has launched its second-ever space lab, a key part of the national plan to have a permanently staffed space station up and running by the early 2020s. The uncrewed Tiangong-2 spacecraft lifted off today from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China, riding a Long March-2F T2 rocket to orbit.

If all goes according to plan, the 9.5-ton (8.6 metric tons) Tiangong-2, whose name translates as Heavenly Palace in Mandarin, will soon settle into an orbit about 236 miles above Earth and perform a series of initial tests and checkouts, according to China... More →
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Greg Klein, in Part I of his coverage, reports that nearly a century before laggard Europeans got around to their Age of Exploration, Chinese merchant vessels had been travelling at least as far as eastern Africa, returning with vast shiploads of treasure. The voyages ended abruptly in 1433, for reasons debated by historians, and rulers ordered a massive merchant fleet destroyed. That largely left the New World to Westerners, evidently not a policy China intends to repeat. Now the country plans the conquest of three new frontiers ... deep underground, deep sky and deep sea.

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Vikram Mansharamani reports that at a cost of more than $150 billion, the International Space Station is the most expensive object ever built. This price tag is more than double the combined costs of China Three Gorges Dam, Boston Big Dig and the Chunnel. But as noted by CNN, funding for the International Space Station may run out in the early 2020s.

That happens to be around the same time that the Chinese are expected to complete their own space station, potentially leaving the Asian power with the sole operating lab in orbit. And given that Congress banned NASA from working bilate... More →
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Based on the idea of "three steps" orbiting, landing and returning for continuing lunar probe projects, China will launch orbiters for lunar soft landing, roving and surveying to implement the second stage of lunar exploration. In the third stage, China will start to conduct sampling the moon's surface matters and get those samples back to Earth. Outer space is the common wealth of mankind. Exploration, development and utilization of outer space are an unremitting pursuit of mankind. Space activities around the world have been flourishing. Leading space-faring countries have formulat... More →
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Lin and Singer report that while SpaceX is making news with its recoverable rockets, China announced that it is working on the next big thing in spaceflight... a hypersonic spaceplane. The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation is beginning advanced research on a high tech, more efficient successor to the retired Space Shuttle, with hybrid combined cycle engines that can takeoff from an airport landing strip and fly straight into orbit.

The hybrid space plane has combined cycle engines using turbofan or turbojet engines to takeoff horizontally from a landing strip. Once... More →
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