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June 3, 2015

Vibration Testing Arkyd 6 at Planetary Resources

To get anything into space these days, you must first launch it on a rocket. A simple trip to visualize, but the real ride to space is incredibly intense. Have you ever seen a rocket launch?  Have you ever HEARD a rocket launch? If so, you have definitely FELT a rocket launch.  If you haven’t…

June 2, 2015

Safe and efficient asteroid mining.

One of the most frequent questions I get is regarding how and where asteroid mining will happen. As in golf, asteroid miners “will play it as it lays.” Starting with the water-rich carbonaceous asteroids, every precious liter of water will be extracted and purified on-site, right in the same orbit around the Sun that asteroid…

April 21, 2015

Exclusive Arkyd t-shirt is now available for a limited time!

The Arkyd 3 Reflight (A3R) spacecraft is now on the International Space Station awaiting deployment into low-Earth orbit! To celebrate this special milestone, Planetary Resources is releasing a limited edition Arkyd “No Sleep Till Orbit” t-shirt.  Get yours before it’s too late! #NoSleepTillOrbit

April 14, 2015

Arkyd 3 Reflight (A3R) Launches from Cape Canaveral on SpaceX CRS-6

Our co-Founders Peter Diamandis and Eric Anderson often refer to this time in history as being “exponential”. This phrase is ringing true with our team this year, as we forge a path towards asteroid prospecting with two launches in 2015 of our technology demonstration spacecraft! The first of these spacecraft launched successfully into space today….

April 1, 2015

Avionics Technologies at Planetary Resources

Avionics is defined as the electronic systems that integrate the attitude, navigation, software and controls systems on the spacecraft. These systems are integral parts of every spacecraft and enable it to complete its mission. Here at Planetary Resources, our avionics team focuses on rapid iteration and low power consumption in our modular architecture. We develop…

March 27, 2015

Opportunity Rover Completes a Marathon on Mars with our Team’s Help

Chris Voorhees, VP of Spacecraft Development here at Planetary Resources, recounts his experience working on the mobility systems of the Mars Rover Opportunity, and congratulates the Rover on completing a marathon on Mars! The Rover’s original mission called for it to venture only one kilometer. But it has far surpassed the team’s estimates of its mission longevity…

February 13, 2015

Arkyd Observation Technologies for Prospecting Resources on Asteroids

Developing the most advanced and cost efficient observation technologies is absolutely essential to the success of our mission to prospect for asteroid resources in the Solar System. That is why at Planetary Resources’ asteroid prospecting spacecraft factory in Redmond, WA. – we are innovating on these technologies today.   Our series of Arkyd spacecraft will venture out to…

December 22, 2014

2014 Recap of a Memorable Year from Planetary Resources

A lot has happened in 2014 as we have progressed towards our mission to mine asteroids in our Solar System. Our team has grown, we have progressed in our technology and spacecraft development, and worked with YOU on some amazing Citizen Science endeavors. Here is a quick snapshot of all the incredible 2014 accomplishments from…

November 26, 2014

Planetary Resources Launches a New Website!

Planetary Resources has a new website! Take a tour and learn more than ever before about our mission, asteroids, our technology and people.

October 31, 2014

How We are Moving Forward!

Hi Kickstarters, Tuesday was a rough day for us, but we’re already moving forward with vigor and optimism! As you may have heard, a rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded just seconds after launch. The rocket carried supplies for the crew aboard the ISS, and a number of small satellites, including our own…