Mini Asteroid Mining

There is an update on mini-asteroid and optical space mining at the NASA NIAC virtual meeting.

Apis is a breakthrough mission and flight system architecture designed to revolutionize NASA’s human exploration of deep space and to enable massive space industrialization and human settlement. Apis is enabled by Public Private Partnership (PPP) and a series of inventions including the Optical Mining method of asteroid resource harvesting, the Omnivore solar thermal thruster, and a spacecraft architecture that uses highly concentrated sunlight as a far lighter, less expensive, and higher performing alternative to electric power in space.

Optical Mining technology uses concentrated light to excavate and extract propellant feedstocks from volatile rich asteroids, moons, and planetary surfaces. The Apis mission architecture enables massive cost reduction for deep space human exploration within a decade

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