Asteroid mining: US company looks to space for precious metal
Deep Space Industries hopes to land spacecraft on asteroids and have them scrape up material for return to Earth for sale A US company has unveiled plans to launch a fleet of spacecraft to hunt for small asteroids that pass close to Earth which might one day be mined for their precious resources.
Deep Space Industries aims to fly a series of low cost prospecting satellites in 2015 on missions of two to six months, with larger spacecraft embarking on round-trips to collect material a year later.
Cute video implying that asteroid mining can lead to permenant colonisation of space. After all, we still can't beat the lightspeed lag, and when something goes wrong with a robot miner, it's a long way home for a $20 part.