A few days ago who wrote about asteroid mining with billionaire backing, today it has been confirmed that Planetary Resources will be mining asteroids, starting firstly with a fleet of telescopes to scope out prospects.
Planetary Resources will outline a plan to send an unmanned spacecraft to an asteroid and mine it for valuable metals and water that could be used in further space exploration or returned to earth.
Asteroid Mining Company Planetary Resources has raised $12 million
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 its target orbit. The Arkyd-6 will validate water detection technology and cost-saving design methodology. The team has already begun to receive telemetry from the spacecraft. The data obtained from the Arkyd-6 will be…