jamstar7 (694492) writes "From The Guardian: 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.
Asteroid mining: US company looks to space for precious metal
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."
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