Gamers Tackle Virtual Asteroid Sampling Mission

OSIRIS-REx Project Scientist Jason Dworkin challenged players of the popular online game Kerbal Space Program to replicate NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission. Gamers will use the virtual tools and supplies provided by the game to construct their own OSIRIS-REx spacecraft (also known as the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer), collect an asteroid sample, and return …Read More

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SpaceResources.lu: New Space Law To Provide Framework For Space Resource Utilization

The Luxembourg Government forges ahead with the SpaceResources.lu initiative by presenting an overall strategy to be implemented progressively for the exploration and commercial utilization of resources from Near Earth Objects (NEOs), such as asteroids. Amongst the key actions undertaken is the establishment of an appropriate legal and regulatory framework for space resource utilization activities to …Read More

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NASA, Italian Space Agency Explore Partnership Opportunities On Asteroid Redirect Mission

NASA and the Italian Space Agency (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana, or ASI) have agreed to conduct a joint feasibility study on potential cooperation opportunities during the robotic segment of NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM). Since the announcement of NASA’s ARM in 2013, NASA has sought ideas from external communities to identify innovative concepts while the mission …Read More

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UCF Physics Professor Lands Grant To Plan For Space Mining

University of Central Florida physics professor Dan Britt has been named to the New Horizons mission team as the spacecraft heads to the Kuiper Belt. He’s also just landed a grant to help create fake asteroid material, which will help NASA and private companies prepare the technology needed to mine asteroids and eventually other planets. …Read More

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The Art Of Landing On An Asteroid

Researchers in France have customised a drop tower to simulate landing a CubeSat on an asteroid in the near-absence of gravity – part of the preparations for ESA’s Asteroid Impact Mission. “We’ve taken an existing drop tower, previously designated for aircraft and material drop-tests, to simulate a low-gravity landing,” explains Naomi Murdoch of the Institut …Read More

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Luxembourg To Launch Framework To Support The Future Use Of Space Resources

Earlier this month, the Luxembourg Government announced a series of measures to position Luxembourg as a European hub in the exploration and use of space resources. Amongst the key steps undertaken, as part of the spaceresources.lu initiative, will be the development of a legal and regulatory framework confirming certainty about the future ownership of minerals …Read More

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New Detector Perfect For Asteroid Mining

The grizzled asteroid miner is a stock character in science fiction. Now, a couple of recent events – one legal and the other technological – have brought asteroid mining a step closer to reality. The legal step was taken when the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee passed a bill titled H.R. 2262—SPACE Act of …Read More

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Comet Hitchhiker Would Take Tour Of Small Bodies

Catching a ride from one solar system body to another isn’t easy. You have to figure out how to land your spacecraft safely and then get it on its way to the next destination. The landing part is especially tricky for asteroids and comets, which have low gravitational pull. A concept called Comet Hitchhiker, developed …Read More

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NASA Testing Sample Return Capsule

A prototype capsule that one day will return science experiments to Earth was tested by releasing it from a high-altitude balloon in Tillamook, Oregon. Technology like this capsule could one day return biological samples and other small payloads from space in a relatively short time. NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program funded the flight test for the …Read More

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Planetary Resources Testing Asteroid Prospecting Technology On Orbit

Planetary Resources, Inc. announced on July 16 that its Arkyd 3 Reflight (A3R) spacecraft had successfully deployed from the International Space Station’s (ISS) Kibo airlock and began its 90-day mission. The demonstration vehicle will validate several core technologies including the avionics, control systems and software, which the company will incorporate into future spacecraft that will venture into the Solar System …Read More

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