Deep Space Industries shows how the drill asteroids

Imagine a future space station, which allows astronauts to get energy from the sun and produce minerals from asteroids, then to use them to sustain life.

As it turns out, is not just a dream but real plans of Deep Space Industries. It plans to start production of hydrogen, oxygen, iron, and nickel from space objects, to provide fuel and satellites in orbit to conduct building.

Its first task — to 2015 went into orbit vehicle "Firefly." The device will land on one of the near-Earth asteroids, and within six months will be to conduct research and collect data.

[Rick Tamlinson, the head of the board of Deep Space Industries]:
"One of the things that we do — is creating economy in space. We will create the wealth and resources of minerals, which, we believe, will help in the future of life on Earth. "

According to the head of the board of each year near the Earth's orbit to discover thousands of asteroids. As expected, if not all, most of them contain water and gases, such as methane, as well as metals such as nickel. These elements can be used to create fuel and other materials.

Where the company will take money for such an expensive project — is unknown, but at the press conference, the representatives said they were looking for investors.

Deep Space Industries was the second U.S. company, which aims to asteroids. Last year, the Washington-based firm Planetary Resources reported that, with the financial support of investors, such as the top leaders of Google, is launching a program to build telescopes to track asteroids with large reserves of natural resources.

Mission to launch "Firefly" will cost an average of $ 20 million. The overriding challenge is to create a whole fleet of robotic vehicles that will be on a large scale to extract minerals from asteroids.

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