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Planetary Resources is establishing a new paradigm for resource discovery and utilization that will bring the solar system into the humanity sphere of influence. Our technical principals boast extensive experience in all phases of robotic space missions, from designing and building, to testing and operating. We are visionaries, pioneers, rocket scientists and industry leaders with proven track records on and off of this planet.
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Alternate Science Investigations for the Kepler Spacecraft White Paper:
31 August 2013

Elvis, Galacheab and Williams propose to use a modest fraction of the re-purposed Kepler mission time and apertures to greatly increase the quantity and quality of our knowledge of near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) rotation and shape. NEAs are important for understanding the origins of the Solar System, for selecting targets for robotic and human visits, and for hazardous object deflection. While NEAs are being discovered at a rate of 1000/year, only a ~75/year have well-measured rotation periods a... More →
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Todd Jaquith opines that the transition from one year to the next is always a little uncertain, an uneasy blend of anxiety and optimism, it is also a time of retrospection, introspection, and even a little tentative prognostication. And since the latter is our stock-in-trade at Futurism, we believe now is the perfect time to look ahead at what 2017 has in store for us.

2016 was a remarkable year for space, full of notable firsts and spectacular discoveries. The year opened with a bang (quite literally) when LIGO confirmed the first detection of gravitational waves from colliding bla... More →
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Planetary Resources, the asteroid mining company, applauds President Obama who signed the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (H.R. 2262) into law. This law recognizes the right of U.S. citizens to own asteroid resources they obtain and encourages the commercial exploration and utilization of resources from asteroids.

This is the single greatest recognition of property rights in history, said Eric Anderson, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, Planetary Resources, Inc. This legislation establishes the same supportive framework that created the great economies of history, and wil... More →
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In 1959, the U.S. Army was engaged to conduct an investigation on the feasibility of establishing a base on the Moon. There is a requirement for a manned military outpost on the moon. The lunar outpost is required to develop and protect potential U.S. interests on the moon, to develop techniques in moon-based surveillance of the earth and space, in communications relay, and in operations on the surface of the moon, to serve as a base for exploration of the moon, for further exploration into space and for military operations on the moon if required, and to support scientific investigations on t... More →
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Mark Wade reports on a 1959 U.S. Army report regarding the stated need for a manned military outpost on the Moon. The lunar outpost was required ostensibly to develop and protect potential U.S. interests on the Moon, to develop techniques in Moon-based surveillance of the Earth and space, in communications relay, and in operations on the surface of the Moon, to serve as a base for exploration of the Moon, for further exploration into space and for military operations on the Moon if required, and to support scientific investigations on the Moon.

Initially, the outpost will be of suff... More →
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Z. Yue,B. C. Johnson, D. A. Minton,H. J. Melosh,K. Di,W. Hu & Y. Liu

Nature Geoscience 6, pp. 435-437 (2013) doi:10.1038/ngeo1828

They find that for vertical impact velocities below about 12kms/1, the projectile may both survive the impact and be swept back into the central peak of the final crater as it collapses, although it would be fragmented and strongly deformed. We conclude that some unusual minerals observed in the central peaks of many lunar impact craters could be exogenic in origin and may not be indigenous to the Moon.... More →
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Obtained by FOIA requests in 1996, NASA Donald N. Michael reported that in November 1959 the National Aeronautics and Space Administration contracted with the Brookings Institution to undertake... the design of a comprehensive and long-term program of research and study regarding the social, economic, political, legal, and international implications of the use of space for peaceful and scientific purposes. The long-term program of research set out in the report - and briefly outlined in this Summary -includes a. Sufficient description and evaluation of speculations on the implications of space... More →
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Asteroid mining could become reality sooner than we think. Billionaire-backed Planetary Resources is launching technology demonstration missions this summer to showcase the asteroid-prospecting spacecraft they have developed. They say that within three years they will be launching their first customer-financed mission to explore targets for resource extraction.

The company has attracted some high profile investors, most notably Google executives Larry Page and Eric Schmidt. However, a recent set of studies from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics highlighted just how lit... More →
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Deep Space Industries announced today its plans to fly the world first commercial interplanetary mining mission. Prospector-1 will fly to and rendezvous with a near-Earth asteroid, and investigate the object to determine its value as a source of space resources. This mission is an important step in the overall plans to harvest and supply in-space resources to support the growing space economy.

Deep Space Industries has worked diligently to get to this point, and now we can say with confidence that we have the right technology, the right team and the right plan to execute this histor... More →
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Leonard David opines whether the U.S. sends humans back to the Moon, or should the nation go full-throttle and send crews all the way to Mars, where none have gone before? U.S. scientists and policy makers have grappled ad nauseam with the next great otherworldly destination for decades, without making much meaningful progress. Now that it is approaching a half-century since an American last left low Earth orbit, the debate seems lost in space.

Soon that shall change, many advocates of human spaceflight believe, through a hybrid of new initiatives by the new administration as well a... More →
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This is a 1989 internal NASA report prepared for NASA Administrator Truly by a team led by Johnson Space Center Director Aaron Cohen. It was commissioned by Admiral Truly after the Presidents July 20, 1989 speech, and its purpose is to provide a database for the Space Council to refer to as it considers strategic planning issues. The report will be used as an input and one data source for Council consideration of approaches to program, schedule and technology, international cooperation and management. The Space Council will examine the reference cases described in the report and also intends t... More →
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An online book published by the University of Arizona press in 1993. This 997-page book goes into detailed descriptions of the various resources available on the Moon, Mars, and in the asteroid belt.
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An online preview of the 2006 book by astronaut Harrison Schmitt. The preview allows access to a significant portion of the text. Former NASA Astronaut Harrison Schmitt advocates a private, investor-based approach to returning humans to the Moon—to extract Helium 3 for energy production, to use the Moon as a platform for science and manufacturing, and to establish permanent human colonies there in a kind of stepping stone community on the way to deeper space. With governments playing a supporting role—just as they have in the development of modern commerc... More →
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Doug Messier ACCD (United Rocket and Space Corporation, is a state corporation Roscosmos) has signed an agreement with the company 3D Bioprinting Solutions, a resident of Skolkovo innovation center, the cooperation within the framework of which it is planned to create a unique bioprinter magnetic biofabrikatsii tissue and organ constructs in weightlessness on the International Space Station (ISS).

The document was signed by General Director of ACCD Yuri Vlasov and General Director of 3D Bioprinting Solutions Michael Bakanov. The scientific part of the project will be in charge Profe... More →
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Gardea, et al., suggest that a 100 km-scale, circular region in the Archaean North Atlantic Craton centered at 65.15 N, 51.50 W near Maniitsoq town in West Greenland comprises a set of highly unusual geological features that were created during a single event involving intense crushing and heating and are incompatible with crustal orogenic processes. The presently exposed features of the Maniitsoq structure were buried 20 to 25 km below the surface when this event occurred at around 3 Ga, during a waning convergent orogeny.

These features include a large aeromagnetic anomaly, a cen... More →
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In May 1961, just as Kennedy had decided that NASA should put the U.S. on the moon, the U.S. Air Force released a secret report, summarizing the result of years of planning to place a military base on the moon by 1967. As you read through the Lunex project report, it is interesting to note the following.

1. If Project Lunex had been pursued instead of Apollo, the U.S. would have ended the sixties with a launch vehicle very similar to the Shuttle, solid rocket boosters, a Lox by LH2 core, a lifting re-entry vehicle.

2. This clearly could have provided a better basis for f... More →
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A 2008 report from the National Academies Press. Impact on power systems throughout the world.
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SOTI make images of heat. Image are made with your smartphone camera by taking visible light reflecting off the objects you want to image, and then that light comes into a lens, it is focused on a sensor, and an image is delivered. SOTI do the same thing with heat coming from the object. We have been thermal imaging for close to 25 years, since the first solid-state thermal imagers were introduced. You might wonder how do you focus heat? What kind of sensor detects heat? How do you display heat? All good questions.

Just as in any science or technology, there are armies of brilli... More →
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Results obtained during the SELENE mission of exploration not only suggest the presence of water ice in the dark craters on the Moon but also indicate that anomalously high uranium, thorium, and iron may be present, which together infer that certain other strategic commodities may be present as well. Uranium appears to be present in significant concentrations over a wide area in Procellarum KREEP Terrain and perhaps in the South Pole Aitken Basin, likely as near-surface remnants of asteroid impacts in the areas. Similar anomalies on Earth would receive serious attention by uranium and other mi... More →
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Richard V. Morris, et al., report that tridymite, a SiO2 mineral that crystallizes at low pressures and high temperatures (greater than 870 degrees C) from high-SiO2 materials, was detected at high concentrations in a sedimentary mudstone in Gale crater on Mars.

Mineralogy and abundance were determined by X-ray diffraction using the Chemistry and Mineralogy instrument on the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity. Terrestrial tridymite is commonly associated with silicic volcanism where high temperatures and high-silica magmas prevail, so this occurrence is the first in-situ mine... More →
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The Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) is a unique forum where the governments of 30 democracies work together to address the economic, social and environmental challenges of globalization.

The OECD is also at the forefront of efforts to understand and to help governments
respond to new developments and concerns, such as corporate governance, the
information economy and the challenges of an ageing population. The Organisation
provides a setting where governments can compare policy experiences, seek answers to
common problems, identify g... More →
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Bruce Dorminey opines that the modular tin cans that took us to the moon and back, and have kept us in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) ever since, will eventually be superseded by full-scale space cities. A space architect and Program Manager for Solar System Mission Formulation at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Brent Sherwood, spends much of his time considering the scope of a permanent human migration into the solar system.

In terms of architecture and scale, arguably such a transition will be akin to the difference between setting up an isolated high-desert mobile home park and ... More →
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A laser-powered robotic climber has won $900,000 in a competition designed to spur technology for a future elevator to space. Building a space elevator would require anchoring a cable on the ground near Earth equator and deploying the other end thousands of kilometers into space. The centrifugal force due to Earth spin would keep the cable taut so that a robot could climb it and release payloads into orbit.

Though building a space elevator might require an initial investment of billions of dollars, proponents say once constructed, it would make for cheaper trips into space than is p... More →
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Sci-News.com is an independent source for the latest news on science, especially of interest to I2M Web Portal readers, space exploration for off-world mineral resources. Updated daily, Sci-News.com is brought to you by an international team of science editors and reporters.
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