; Phantoms and Monsters: Pulse of the Paranormal

Monday, July 20, 2015

Space Mining Trillion Dollar Asteroids

Asteroid 2011 UW-158, which measures around half a mile across and sped by Earth on Sunday evening, has a core made from platinum and worth an estimated 5 trillion US dollars...and private companies are making moves towards mining it.

There's the little matter of the 1967 Space Treaty and almost all countries have signed that saying no nations can claim a celestial body but it doesn't say anything about companies, corporations, firms, private entities. A private company can...so if they can get there and they can mine it, it's all theirs.

Planetary Resources, which recently launched a rocket from the International Space Station, was known to be keen on the idea.

According to their website, Planetary Resources launched a spacecraft from the ISS on Thursday last week beginning a 90-day mission to test the avionics, control systems and software needed to mine asteroids.

Here is a recent article on the asteroid:

An asteroid worth an estimated $5.4 trillion is on track to pass by Earth on Sunday night.

Asteroid UW-158 is believed to have a 90-million-ton core of platinum. The celestial body will be 30 times closer to Earth than the nearest planet at around 10 PM GMT Sunday.

Slooh, a project which links telescopes to the Internet for public use, will be broadcasting images from an observatory in the Canary Islands, reported the Daily Mirror.

"It's always fun when an asteroid whooshes past our world, so the Slooh telescopes will be watching live when asteroid 2011 UW-158 passes," said Slooh astronomer Bob Berman.

"What makes this unusual is the large amount of platinum believed to be lurking in the body of this space visitor. Can it be mined someday, perhaps not too far in the future?"

UW-158 has been classified as an "X-type" asteroid by prospecting company Planetary Resources, which yesterday launched its first demonstration vehicle from the International Space Station to test technologies for mining asteroids, the Daily Mirror reported.

The vehicle, dubbed A3R, has already tracked dozens of asteroids similar to UW-158 which potentially can be mined for resources.

"The successful deployment of the A3R is a significant milestone for Planetary Resources as we forge a path toward prospecting resource-rich asteroids," said Peter H. Diamandis, the company's co-founder.

"Our team is developing the technology that will enable humanity to create an off-planet economy that will fundamentally change the way we live on Earth." - Pricey Payload: Asteroid Carrying $5 Trillion of Platinum to Pass by Earth

Asteroid Mining 101: Wealth for the New Space Economy

Mining the Sky: Untold Riches From The Asteroids, Comets, And Planets (Helix Book)

The Moon: Resources, Future Development and Settlement (Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration)

The Space Book: From the Beginning to the End of Time, 250 Milestones in the History of Space & Astronomy (Sterling Milestones)

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