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colonizationDrilling and mining on the moon

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Honeybee Robotics has two projects for near-term lunar ISRU-focused missions. Project one is developing a sampling drill for volatile-rich lunar regolith as part of NASA’s Lunar Resource Prospector. There is technology development required to reach TRL 6, as well as …

colonizationExisting technology to mine water and ice on Mars

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Kris Zacny, Mining Water on Mars. From the 21st Annual International Mars Society Convention, held at the Pasadena Convention Center in Southern California from Aug 23-26, 2018. You have to launch 226 kilograms from Earth for every 1 kilogram of …

colonizationSkycorp planning to make space industries

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Dennis Wingo sees metals mining, communication stations and telescopes on the moon. The combination of industries will make moon development viable. The moon is largely made up of metal oxides that could yield new supplies of platinum — perhaps enough …

miningPlanetary Resources Arkyd-6 launched and deployed successfully

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The Planetary Resources Arkyd-6 spacecraft was launched and deployed in space. This 6U cubesat is packed with power including 17 computing elements. The Arkyd-6 spacecraft has successfully launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre onboard PSLV-C40 and has entered into …

energy2018’s Most Promising Mining Stock

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Far below the Nevada desert, past ancient mine shafts and rock-strewn caverns, there could be a fortune waiting to be made by one small company. A fortune in silver. A mine that inspired the silver rush in the 1880s, that …

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, …

3dSpacefab bootstrapping higher resolution space telescopes and then manufacturing in space at asteroids

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Spacefab is currently building ther Waypoint space telescope with a 21 centimeter mirror. It is launching as a co-payload on a SpaceX rocket in 2019. This commercial telescope will have an image intensified ultraviolet and visible camera, and a 48 …

australiaSlightly acidic solution in insitu uranium mining boosts recovery by over ten times

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Peninsula Energy has started the process to amend the license and permits for its Lance in-situ leach (ISL) uranium project in Wyoming, after laboratory tests showed that using an acidic rather than alkaline mining solution could potentially transform the project’s …

economic impactJapan mines seabed gets zinc equal to Japan’ annual consumption

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Japan has successfully tapped into a deposit of mineral resources from a deep-water seabed off the coast of Okinawa, the economy ministry said, the largest such extraction of its type. It is the first time metals have been mined from …