Asteroid mining company unveils lightweight telescope for deep space missions

Asteroid mining company unveils lightweight telescope for deep space missions

Planetary Resources this week unveiled a full-scale prototype of its Arkyd-100 — a space telescope and technology demonstrator that will be used on the company’s first deep space missions. Backed by high-profile investors like James Cameron, Larry Page, and Eric Schmidt, the asteroid mining company last year announced plans to launch its first Arkyd spacecraft by 2014, in the hopes of harvesting precious metals and water from near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) within the decade. Planetary Resources president and chief asteroid miner Chris Lewicki showed off the Arkyd-100 prototype in a video published Sunday, describing the 11 kilogram device as “daringly small.” Lewicki did not divulge many details on the Arkyd-100′s inner workings,… Continue reading…

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Asteroid mining company unveils lightweight telescope for deep space missions

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