asteroids Archive

asteroidsPlanetary Resources is stalled until new funding is found

Planetary Resources CEO Chris Lewicki said that Planetary Resources made a risky and aggressive choice in 2017 to double down on asteroid exploration but they are now in trouble because a funding round failed. Planetary Resources had to cut staff …

asteroidsAsteroid day June 30 and NASA, ESA collaborating on 2022-2026 double asteroid missions

The European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA will each send a mission to the same binary asteroid to test if they can impact it alter its orbit. In 2022, a NASA mission called Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) will collide …

asteroidsTheory that Planet 9 could be a large cluster of asteroids

CU Boulder Assistant Professor Ann-Marie Madigan and a team of researchers have offered up a new theory for the existence of planetary oddities like Sedna—an icy minor planet that circles the sun at a distance of nearly 8 billion miles. …

asteroidsPlanetary Resources may use blockchain for space mining rights

A delay in funding from February 2018 forced Planetary Resources to lay off some of its 70 employees. Planetary Resources had planned on using several small spacecraft, launched as secondary payloads in 2020, fly to near-Earth asteroids to measure their …

asteroidsProgress on designing multi-generation interstellar asteroid ship

Researchers at Delft University of Technology are designing a multi-generation interstellar asteroid starship. Next month the DSTART team will present the first version of their starship-scale MELiSSA computer simulation at the AgroSpace-MELiSSA workshop in Rome. The simulation allows the team …

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

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

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

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

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

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 …