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Why Everyone Is Suddenly Rushing to Mine Asteroids in Outer Space

Why Everyone Is Suddenly Rushing to Mine Asteroids in Outer Space | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Last year, a startup called Planetary Resources backed by a bunch of billionaires announced plans to send robotic ships into outer space to mine asteroids.

 

Today, a startup called Deep Space Industries that is apparently not backed by any billionaires announced plans to send robotic ships into outer space to mine asteroids, refuel spacecraft and satellites, and 3-D print solar power stations to beam clean energy back to Earth.

 

 

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Rocketforge: Microgravity 3D printing in a nickel-charged gas medium

Rocketforge: Microgravity 3D printing in a nickel-charged gas medium | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Many have suggested that Deep Space Industries is a “me too” version of Planetary Resources, and I'll have to see how things develop on the funding side, but 3D printing of high strength metals in microgravity is a definite advantage for in-space manufacturing. Enough of an advantage that DSI can't be dismissed out of hand. Planetary Resources is going after the water and then the precious metals left overs. To them the nickel in an M-type asteroid is a distraction. To Deep Space Industries its an advantage.

 

 

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Asteroid mining firm aims to raise $20 million in funding

Asteroid mining firm aims to raise $20 million in funding | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

A group of private entrepreneurs is raising $20 million to fund the first stage of a mission to identify asteroids close to Earth and mine them for valuable materials.

 

Deep Space Industries plans to launch three small crafts armed with cameras, called Fireflies, on an asteroid discovery mission as early as 2015. Three more spacecrafts, called Dragonflies, are expected to launch in 2016 to collect samples to be evaluated for mining potential.

 

 

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Lost in Space: The Need for a Definitive U.S. Space Policy

Space policy experts review the present status and future of NASA and the U.S. civil space program, as well as the need for a definitive national civil space policy.

 

 

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Byzantine NASA: Pioneering Spirit Lost? | DNews

Byzantine NASA: Pioneering Spirit Lost? | DNews | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

America is a nation built by pioneers, and has perpetuated a pioneer spirit that is arguably unique in the history of the world. Although a very young nation, America has been lauded over the years as being innovative, hard working, adaptive and above all, of having that "can-do" spirit.

 

There exists a forward path for U.S. human spaceflight, but the programs are not being sufficiently supported, politically or financially.

 

What happened? Did America somehow lose, or see a diminished pioneering spirit?

 

 

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Accelerating an American Ride to Low-Earth Orbit

Together, NASA and its Commercial Crew Program partners are accelerating the development of rockets and spacecraft, ensuring American astronauts can launch from U.S. soil to the International Space Station and return safely by around the middle of the decade. During a Jan. 9 Status Update News Conference at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, representatives from NASA, Blue Origin, The Boeing Company, Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) Space Systems and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) talked about how their goals to end the gap in U.S. human access to space are aligned.

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Virgin Galactic supports NM spaceport legislation

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Spacecraft operators and manufacturers, along with their parts and services suppliers, will be shielded in New Mexico from most damage lawsuits by passengers on space tourism flights under a proposal touted as a compromise between trial lawyers and the fledgling space travel industry.

 

Supporters of the measure say it should help New Mexico remain competitive in a race with Florida, Texas and other states to become a hub for commercial space travel.

 

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Elon Musk on SpaceX IPO, Environment & Flying Cars | Fresh Dialogues

Elon Musk on SpaceX IPO, Environment & Flying Cars | Fresh Dialogues | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Last night Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors joined me in conversation for the Computer History Museum Revolutionaries Series in Silicon Valley. We explored his journey from South Africa to Silicon Valley and beyond and he was exceptionally candid about his entrepreneurial highs and lows. He also shared a fascinating glimpse into the future…flying cars, hyperloops and Mars, oh my! His eyes welled up as he spoke with deep emotion about Neil Armstrong, the need for space exploration and the impassioned vigils after the death of the EV1. But he also displayed a great sense of humor throughout the interview. Did you know he plans to die on Mars? Just not on impact.

 

 

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Hypersonic 'SpaceLiner' Aims to Fly Passengers in 2050

Hypersonic 'SpaceLiner' Aims to Fly Passengers in 2050 | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

A hypersonic "SpaceLiner" would whisk up to 50 passengers from Europe to Australia in 90 minutes. The futuristic vehicle would do so by riding a rocket into Earth's upper atmosphere, reaching 24 times the speed of sound before gliding in for a landing.

 

Many challenges still remain, including finding the right shape for the vehicle, said Martin Sippel, project coordinator for SpaceLiner at the German Aerospace Center. But he suggested the project could make enough progress to begin attracting private funding in another 10 years and aim for full operations by 2050.

 

The current concept includes a rocket booster stage for launch and a separate orbiter stage to carry passengers halfway around the world without ever making it to space. Flight times between the U.S. and Europe could fall to just over an hour if the SpaceLiner takes off — that is, if passengers don't mind paying the equivalent of space tourism prices around several hundred thousand dollars.

 

 

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Scaled Composites: Builder of SpaceShipTwo

Scaled Composites: Builder of SpaceShipTwo | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Scaled Composites is a Mojave, Calif.-based company that is part of The Spaceship Company, which is building Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo. The spacecraft aims to send tourists on suborbital flights around 2014 or 2015.

 

Scaled first exploded into the public eye after its predecessor spacecraft, SpaceShipOne, won the Ansari X-Prize in 2004 and garnered the company $10 million. Just before Scaled won the prize, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson announced his plan to run tourist flights using the technology.

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Deep Space Industries plans robotic fleet to mine asteroids

Deep Space Industries plans robotic fleet to mine asteroids | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

(Sen) - Deep Space Industries (DSI) has announced its plans to mine asteroids for metals and other materials. The company set out its vision to use mined resources to improve and enrich life on Earth and to further the human exploration of space.

 

The venture plans to use mined resources to construct large communications platforms to replace communications satellites, and solar power stations to beam carbon-free energy to consumers on Earth within ten years. It will also harvest platinum group metals for use on Earth.

 

The world's first fleet of commercial asteroid-prospecting cubesat spacecraft will hitch rides on the launches of larger spacecraft to keep costs down.

 

 

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cassian bulger's curator insight, March 22, 2013 12:58 AM

Implementing robotics in such a way as this might be essential to ensuring the survivability of humans on Earth with its unrenewable resources vastly running out and with the human population living so far above Earths carrying capacity. With the inovation to allow the public to pparticipate in the mining of asteroids via live feeds. This mining process is launching in 2015 so one can only imagine what the future of robotics will bring to ensuring human sustainability in the years to come and travel to more places that humans cannot survive on and outside of Earth. 

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Asteroid Mining Could Pave Way for Interstellar Flight

Asteroid Mining Could Pave Way for Interstellar Flight | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Exploiting the many resources of our solar system may enable humanity to venture beyond its confines for the first time, and blaze a trail to other stars.

 

Building a spaceship that can travel to other star systems on human timescales — over the course of mere decades — will be a challenging and expensive proposition, with costs likely running into the hundreds of billions of dollars. But the economic and technological hurdles won't be so steep if our species has begun tapping the vast riches locked up in asteroids and other bodies beyond Earth orbit, advocates say.

 

 

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Press Conference - Agreement Reached on Spaceport America (T or C - New Mexico)

Senator Mary Kay Papen will introduce legislation that has been agreed upon by Virgin Galactic and the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association. This agreement signals a much anticipated resolution of differences regarding liability issues. Bill is expected to have bi-partisan legislative support during the current Legislative Session.


Video of Legislative Leadership Press Conference - Senate Majority Leader Michael S. Sanchez, Senate President Pro Tempore Mary Kay Papen, Senate Finance Committee Chair John Arthur Smith, Speaker of the House of Representatives Ken Martinez, House Majority Leader Rick Miera, House Whip Moe Maestas

 

 

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Mining asteroids to 3D-print space stations: Beyond pie in the sky?

Mining asteroids to 3D-print space stations: Beyond pie in the sky? | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Less than a year after Planetary Resources announced its own plans to mine asteroids in space, DSI is upping the ante with its own vision for zero-gravity resource extraction that goes one step further to include actually producing things in space using the company's "MicroGravity Foundry... a patent-pending breakthrough in 3D printers able to output complex metal components using a simple process with few moving parts."

 

 

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New Asteroid Mining Company Aims to Manufacture Products in Space | Wired.com

New Asteroid Mining Company Aims to Manufacture Products in Space | Wired.com | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

A new private company called Deep Space Industries intends to send a fleet of small spacecraft to near-Earth asteroids with the aim of mining resources and turning them into products using space-based 3-D printers.

 

Last year was thick with audacious private spaceflight company unveilings, including the announcement from Planetary Resources, Inc. of their plans to mine relatively valuable platinum group metals from asteroids. With the formation of Deep Space Industries, it seems that 2013 could see a new crop of private space companies with lofty goals.

 

 

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In Their Own Words: Tom Simon

Tom Simon, a contracting officer's representative for NASA's Commercial Crew Program, discusses the importance of certifying commercial transportation systems are safe to carry NASA astronauts to the International Space Station in this "In Their Own Words" video.

 

 

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Baker Institute Panel on the Need for a Definitive Space Policy | SpaceRef Business

Baker Institute Panel on the Need for a Definitive Space Policy | SpaceRef Business | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

The James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University hosted a panel discussion on the need for a definitive space policy. The expert panel reviewed the present status and future of NASA and the U.S. civil space program with respect to space policy.

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SpaceX prepares for its next ISS mission while Orbital inches closer to flight | NewSpace Journal

The two companies with International Space Station commercial cargo delivery contracts, Orbital Sciences Corporation and SpaceX, are at different stages in their efforts to carry out those contracts, with SpaceX having already completed one of its twelve contracted missions while Orbital continues to prepare for the first launches of its Antares launch vehicle and Cygnus spacecraft. Both companies, though, will be active over the next several months.

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Compromise reached over spaceport liability fight

Compromise reached over spaceport liability fight | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Virgin Galactic, the company that plans to fly customers into outer space from the state-funded Spaceport America in Southern New Mexico, has reached a compromise with trial lawyers concerning an insurance controversy that might have jeopardized Virgin’s plans to stay at the spaceport.

 

George Whitesides, president and chief executive officer of Virgin Galactic, told The New Mexican on Tuesday that he supports the compromise, which was announced earlier in the day by top Democratic leaders in the Legislature.

 

“The outlines of the proposal seem to help maintain New Mexico’s leadership in commercial space,” Whitesides said. “I think if passed this would bring New Mexico closer to other states’ legal environment.”

 

 

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Asteroid Mining: The Compelling Opportunity by Chris Lewicki

Planetary Resources President/Chief Engineer (and former NASA scientist) Chris Lewicki presents his talk entitled, "Asteroid Mining: The Compelling Opportunity and What It Means For Mining On Earth, Today." Presented January 2013 at Cambridge House International's Vancouver Resource Investment Conference. http://www.cambridgehouse.com

 

 

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Letter From the Executive Director #1.4 — Space Frontier Foundation

Letter From the Executive Director #1.4 — Space Frontier Foundation | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

December and early January were big months for the Space Frontier Foundation and the NewSpace movement. We had some great companies announce their launch, the Overview Institute premiered a movie at Harvard University, and both Bigelow and XCOR had major announcements.

 

There were two major related events that were incredible to this month! Bigelow Aerospace announced that NASA has agreed to host one of their modules on the International Space Station (ISS) and XCOR announced that Axe Body Spray is sponsoring a contest for flights on the Lynx with their Apollo Space Academy promotion. We see both of these as amazing endorsements of NewSpace. To see a major consumer products brand, like Unilever, to embrace NewSpace and engagement with space is an amazing and humbling step.

 

 

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Mining asteroids in outer space - Planetary Resource's Chris Lewicki

Planetary's Resources' President & Chief Engineer (and former NASA scientist) Chris Lewicki chats with Cambridge House Live anchor Bridgitte Anderson about his company's efforts to mine asteroids in space. His company is backed by billionaires like James Cameron, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Google founder Larry Page and many other notable tech billion/millionaires. It was taped January 21, 2013, at Cambridge House International's Vancouver Resource Investment Conference.

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Burt Rutan: Scaled Composites Founder

Burt Rutan: Scaled Composites Founder | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Burt Rutan is the founder of Scaled Composites, which is helping to build SpaceShipTwo– Virgin Galactic's spaceship for tourists to experience suborbital flights.

 

He and his company vaulted into the public attention in the 1980s. His aircraft – the Rutan Voyager – became the first to fly around the world without stopping or refuelling in 1986.

 

 

 

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A Silicon Valley approach to spacecraft development?

A Silicon Valley approach to spacecraft development? | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

Planetary Resources, Inc. (PRI), is certainly a long way from actually retrieving anything from an asteroid, but they seem to be making progress on what will become their fleet of prospecting craft.  Their approach is much more Silicon Valley than it is traditional aerospace, a paradigm that seems to be increasingly popular.

 

Will this approach work?  I don't know; the vacuum of space is probably more unforgiving than bad cell reception, but many of the challenges are the same.  What I do know, however, is that the Silicon Valley mentality has given us an unparalleled period of technological growth.

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Deep Space Industries Unveils Mining and Manufacturing Plans | SpaceRef Business

Deep Space Industries Unveils Mining and Manufacturing Plans | SpaceRef Business | The NewSpace Daily | Scoop.it

DSI has far reaching plans including providing propellants to satellite customers from mined resources. Stephen Covey, one of the directors of the company said of mining an asteroid "virtually all recovered mass will have some value."

 

One interesting idea Covey spoke about was their Microgravity Foundry 3D printer which they'll use in the manufacturing process. 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is an emerging technology that's not quite turned the economic corner but which has great potential. The process involves laying down successive layers of material to create an object from a digital design.

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