US Company Plans To Mine Asteroids For Metals

Posted By on January 23, 2013

A company has unveiled plans to send a fleet of spacecraft into the solar system to mine asteroids for metals and other materials.

“Using resources harvested in space is the only way to afford permanent space development,” said David Gump, chief executive of US firm Deep Space Industries.

He said that more than 900 new asteroids that pass near our planet are discovered each year.

“In this case, metals and fuel from asteroids can expand the in-space industries of this century. That is our strategy.”

In its first step, the company plans to send “asteroid-prospecting spacecraft” into the solar system, with the first – 25kg FireFlies – to be launched in 2015 on journeys of two to six months.

These will be followed from 2016 by heavier DragonFlies that will go on two to four year missions and bring back samples. [full story…]