Saturday August 13, 2016

Deep Space Industries Plans To Land On Asteroid By 2020

In the grand plan to harvest asteroid resources, DSI will be flying their Prospector-1 spacecraft (which uses water vapor to create thrust) onto a near-Earth asteroid to map and identify the potential value of space rock. If all goes well, the first actual space mining exploration mission will go forward before the end of the decade.

Prospector-1, the world’s first commercial interplanetary mining mission, will fly to and rendezvous with a near-Earth asteroid to determine its value as a source of space resources. The destination asteroid will be chosen from a group of top candidates selected by the world renowned team of asteroid experts at Deep Space Industries. Once the spacecraft arrives at the asteroid, the autonomous spacecraft will map the surface and subsurface, taking visual and infrared imagery and mapping overall water content. With the initial science campaign complete, Prospector-1 will use its water thrusters to gently touch down on the asteroid, measuring the target’s geophysical characteristics.