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It's believed the company's business model will be based on capturing asteroids that travel near Earth and extracting useful minerals out of them
There are near-limitless numbers of asteroids and more being discovered every year. More than 1,500 are as easy to reach as the Moon and are in similar orbits as Earth. Asteroids are filled with precious resources, everything from water to platinum. Harnessing valuable minerals from a practically infinite source will provide stability on Earth, increase humanity’s prosperity, and help establish and maintain human presence in space.
Originally posted by frugal
Three words: GERMS, GERMS, GERMS. This is probably a really bad idea. We will probably become extinct from contamination. Super Germs from being in space knock us dead. Don't believe me? Go and lick the door knob on you local elementary school's indoor main office door..... It was nice to know you.
Originally posted by Xcouncil=wisdom
Why do all the minerals have to come back to Earth...if the company was efficient some very valuable minerals could come back onboard a returning capsule, the secret mini shuttle.
But I would like to see the bulk of materials harvested to remain in space, to build more stuff. A moon base, a larger safer space station. Could it be easier and cheaper to launch a couple mining vessels and relocate/refine materials in space for whatever purposes are needed.
Originally posted by prisoneronashipoffools
I just wish my fellow humans would just get fired up enough already to demand space and quit letting the gatekeepers; governments and corporations, keep humanity from it's birthright and destiny; living in and utilizing the whole solar system.
Good thread and flag for you OP.