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asteroidsSpaceX Falcon Heavy will let us reach 15 times more asteroids than current rockets

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Martin Elvis at Harvard University describes how the SpaceX Heavy allows us to reach over 40% of the asteroids where before we could reach 3%. This is because the SpaceX Heavy allows higher speeds (delta-V aka change in velocity) to …

asteroidsThird Burn successful going Past Mars to Asteroid Belt

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Elon Musk tweeted that the Third burn successful (for the upper stage of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy). Exceeded Mars orbit and kept going to the Asteroid Belt. Third burn successful. Exceeded Mars orbit and kept going to the Asteroid Belt. …

asteroidsEver cheaper energy, advancing technology will perpetually drop the costs for space

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Andy Weir who wrote the Martian has now written about a future lunar city in his new book Artemis. Weir started with a basic question: Why would anybody go to the trouble of building a town on the moon in …

asteroidsColorado School of Space Mining

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Since the 1990s, the Colorado School of Mines has been a leading institution for the study of space resources and in situ resource utilization (ISRU). It has also become a destination for space scientists and engineers, government agencies, aerospace companies, …

asteroidsMoon, Mars, Asteroid and orbital colonzation and cities

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Andy Weir wrote the Martian. His new book is about a lunar colony of 2000 people late in the 21st century. He looked at the science and economics of a lunar colony. Eighty-five percent of the rocks on the surface …

asteroidsPlanetary Resources delivers Arkyd 6 asteroid mining technology demo for launch Dec 2017

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Planetary Resources is planning to mine the asteroids in the 2020s. Planetary Resources delivered the Arkyd-6 spacecraft, their second technology demonstrator. The spacecraft has officially begun its journey to the launch pad. In the weeks leading up to launch day, …

asteroidsOptical mining of Asteroids

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Optical Mining technology is a breakthrough approach to harvesting materials from asteroids, boulders, and regolith in microgravity. In Optical Mining, excavating and processing asteroid materials is accomplished by highly concentrated sunlight which we have shown can be used to drill …

asteroidsSpacex Big Rocket will go down in history like DC-3 and Caravel sailing ships

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The 150 ton payload fully reusable Spacex Big F*ing Rocket (BFR) will make it easy to begin a true space age. Each Spacex BFR launch would enable the placement of 2 to 4 times larger space stations than the International …

asteroidsEach Spacex Big Rocket could launch 4200 Cubic Meters of Bigelow Space Station for a new Space age

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A couple of days ago Elon Musk announced that Spacex will be putting all of its development into a 150 ton payload fully reusable rocket. This will be ready around 2020-2022. Bigelow BA 2100, or Olympus, is a conceptual design …

asteroidsNASA Planetary Protection Officer to protect Earth from aliens

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NASA is currently looking for a Planetary Protection Officer. This person will have secret security clearance to ensure alien life, or “organic-constituent and biological contamination” does npt make it’s way back in a space ship. This person will be responsible …