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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