This profile of “asteroid miners” Planetary Resources is worth a read, if only because this seems so out-of-this-world:
The team is currently busy at work at Planetary Resourcesâ€™ new facilities, building prospecting spacecraft. Developing and producing its own technology in-house is both economic and savvy for a moderately small company with big aims, says Lewicki. â€œThis is a way for us to make quick progress, to keep up with new tech trends as they emerge and also to dramatically reduce the cost of exploring deep space.â€
The companyâ€™s current project is the partially crowd-funded Arkyrd, which will be launched this autumn from the International Space Station.
â€œItâ€™ll be our first satellite,â€ explains Lewicki. â€œItâ€™ll demonstrate a lot of the core technologies that we intend to use in the commercial exploration of asteroids. Weâ€™ve done a lot of stuff here on earth, but getting into space still has a long queue; weâ€™re coming to the front of that line.â€