Our stellar team of colleagues, advisors, investors and customers are bringing value to global markets today, while impacting humanity’s economic footprint in the Solar System.
We’re attracting talent to our team because they believe in our vision; we’re driven by overcoming
challenges and are still fascinated by the night sky. We’re focused, determined, but most of all…
we believe in ourselves.
We are an interdisciplinary team working together to develop a new generation of spacecraft. Design, prototyping, build, test, environmental test, assembly and operations…all under one roof. By vertically integrating our process we are able to achieve building 90% of our systems entirely in-house, leveraging a tightly-integrated design process and providing more capability with a smaller team. This results in achieving higher performance spacecraft for lower system cost.
From breadboards to fully integrated embedded systems. We fabricate our avionics in-house with our experienced and integrated avionics and software embedded systems team.
In-house mechanical fabrication capabilities maximize efficiency and create a true concept-to-spaceflight hardware path. Machine shop includes 3-Axis CNC Mill, CNC Lathe, 1.5 x 1.5 meter CNC WaterJet, High-definition 3D Printer and post-processing tools.
Advanced instrumentation for responsive micro spacecraft. The optical instrument lab is where we build and test our imaging and communication systems. We have capabilities to build star trackers, complete laser communications tests and experiments, and develop our instrument systems for use on our Arkyd series of prospecting spacecraft.
Assembly, Test & Operations
Dedicated facilities from assembly through space operations. Our ISO Class 7 (Class 10,000) clean room facilities at Planetary Resources allow for multiple spacecraft builds and component assemblies in parallel. Flight hardware bonded stores within the clean room facility enable strict and documented control of spaceflight hardware and other critical projects.
The future of space colonization and industrialization can now be visualized. Planetary Resources, in collaboration with our partner 3D Systems, have developed the first ever direct metal print from asteroid metals. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) today in Las Vegas, NV., we unveiled the geometric object on the Engadget stage. (WATCH the full video…More
Redmond, Wash. – November 25, 2015 – Planetary Resources, the asteroid mining company, applauds President Obama who signed the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (H.R. 2262) into law. This law recognizes the right of U.S. citizens to own asteroid resources they obtain and encourages the commercial exploration and utilization of resources from asteroids.More
Redmond, Wash. – November 10, 2015 — Planetary Resources, Inc., the asteroid mining company, praises the members of Congress who promoted historic legislation (H.R. 2262) that recognizes the right of U.S. citizens to own asteroid resources they obtain as property and encourages the commercial exploration and recovery of resources from asteroids, free from harmful interference….More
Redmond, Washington – July 16, 2015 – Planetary Resources, Inc., the asteroid mining company, announced today that its Arkyd 3 Reflight (A3R) spacecraft deployed successfully from the International Space Station’s (ISS) Kibo airlock and has begun its 90-day mission. The demonstration vehicle will validate several core technologies including the avionics, control systems and software, which the company will incorporate…More
Two NASA contract awards assist in the development of critical technologies Redmond, Washington – July 15, 2015 – Planetary Resources, the asteroid mining company, is taking steps towards its goal of opening up democratic access to the Solar System’s resources. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded the company two grants to advance…More
Throughout history, it has been human curiosity driven by the need for resources that pushed humanity to explore. Much like our mission to extract valuable resources from asteroids to fuel an off-Earth economy, the pioneers before us searched for new frontiers to explore and expand into. But they did not do it alone. Once exploration…More
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….More
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…More
As yesterday’s launch failure and the history of spaceflight remind us, space exploration is not without risk. Of course our team was disappointed as we watched the Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket fail shortly after liftoff. All of us appreciate the physical grit and emotional toll that went into the fabrication not only of the vehicle…More
Below and linked here (Planetary Resources Letter to Congress) is the letter submitted by Planetary Resources to Representatives Steven Palazzo and Donna Edwards, Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively, of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s Space Subcommittee regarding H.R. 5063 – the ASTEROIDS Act: September 10, 2014 The Honorable Steven Palazzo 331 Cannon House…More
Redmond, Wash. – September 9, 2014 – Planetary Resources, Inc., the asteroid mining company, announced today that Dante Lauretta, Ph.D., professor of Planetary Science at the University of Arizona and principal investigator of OSIRIS-REx – NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission – scheduled to launch in 2016 and rendezvous with asteroid Bennu, has joined the company…More
Redmond, Washington – June 24, 2014 – Planetary Resources, the asteroid mining company, and Zooniverse today launched Asteroid Zoo (www.asteroidzoo.org), empowering students, citizen scientists and space enthusiasts to aid in the search for previously undiscovered asteroids. The program allows the public to join the search for Near Earth Asteroids (NEAs) of interest to scientists, NASA…More
Have you ever wondered why the space economy hasn’t grown with Moore’s Law like high-tech industries on Earth? Well in space one resource above all others is extraordinarily expensive and without cheap access to it, growth is limited…FUEL. The catalyst for rapid expansion into every frontier in history has been access to cheap, local resources….More
A new asteroid and space telescope exhibit debuts at The Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA., making it the first place where the public can see a prototype of the ARKYD space telescope currently under development by Planetary Resources, Inc. (PRI). The Museum of Flight was an instrumental partner in the success of the Kickstarter…More
Bellevue, Washington – March 10, 2014 – NASA’s Asteroid Data Hunter contest (#AsteroidHunters) series will offer $35,000 in awards over the next six months to citizen scientists who develop improved algorithms that can be used to identify asteroids. This contest series is being conducted in partnership with Planetary Resources Inc. of Bellevue, Wash. The first contest in the…More
A meteor exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia causing the world to stop and think about the threat of asteroid impacts on Earth. But as our Co-Founder Peter Diamandis says “There is promise and peril with asteroids…”. At Planetary Resources we are focusing our mission efforts on the promise asteroids bring to humanity through mining them for their precious resources. Along…More
Bellevue, Washington – November 21, 2013 — Planetary Resources, Inc., the asteroid mining company, has signed a Space Act Agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to design and implement crowdsourcing algorithm challenges in the effort to detect, track and characterize near-Earth objects (NEOs). All data compiled and used for these challenges will be open-sourced…More
Achievement marks most successful Kickstarter for a space project and ranks among Top 25 campaigns in Kickstarter history Plus, Sir Richard Branson joins Planetary Resources’ core group of investors Bellevue, Washington – July 1, 2013 – Planetary Resources, Inc., the asteroid mining company, successfully completed its crowdfunding campaign yesterday to launch ARKYD – the world’s…More
Well here we are, in the final hours of our crowdfunding campaign. We have a lot in store for you during our LIVE FINALE EVENT beginning at 3:00 p.m. PDT today (convert to your time) through the close of our Kickstarter campaign at 7:00 p.m. PDT. But before all of that fun starts, we wanted to share with you…More
Initial launch in Spring 2014 will test avionics and control systems Planetary Resources, Inc., the asteroid mining company, will advance its mission to mine resource-rich near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) by launching the first in its Arkyd Series of spacecraft – the A3 – into low-Earth orbit as early as April 2014. The A3 is the Arkyd…More
Innovative collaboration will transform the manufacturing of asteroid prospecting spacecraft ROCK HILL, South Carolina, June 26, 2013 – 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) and Planetary Resources, Inc. today announced that 3D Systems has joined Planetary Resources’ core group of investors and will be a collaborative partner in assisting Planetary Resources to develop and manufacture components of its ARKYD…More
Marquez is former White House Director of Space Policy for Presidents Bush and Obama Bellevue, Wash. – June 10, 2013 – Planetary Resources, Inc., the asteroid mining company, announced today the hiring of Peter Marquez to lead the company’s global engagement. Marquez will engage with key U.S. government entities on matters of strategic domestic and global interest to assist Planetary…More
Providing access to an advanced space telescope for students, scientists and a new generation of citizen explorers. “Bringing space within reach” Bellevue, Washington – May 29, 2013 – Planetary Resources, Inc., the asteroid mining company, has launched a campaign for the world’s first crowdfunded space telescope to provide unprecedented public access to space and place…More
Joins other visionaries for next chapter in resource development Bellevue, Wash. – April 16, 2013 – Planetary Resources, Inc. announced today that Bechtel has joined their core group of investors and will be a collaborative partner in helping Planetary Resources achieve its long-term mission, which is to mine near-Earth asteroids for raw materials, ranging from…More
Future asteroid mining industry will provide capability to aid the deflection of potentially hazardous objects near Earth Bellevue, Wash. – February 14, 2013 – Planetary Resources, Inc. (PRI) announced, on the eve of 2012 DA14’s close pass of Earth, that the Arkyd-100 Series – technology demonstrator for asteroid prospecting missions – will assist in the detection and characterization of potentially hazardous…More
We’ve been extraordinarily busy here at Planetary Resources, and it’s been a while since we’ve posted a tech update, so here’s what’s been going on. In the accompanying video, you can see one of our full scale Arkyd-100 mechanical prototypes. The Arkyd-100 is our space telescope and technology demonstrator for our Arkyd Series prospecting missions. One of the…More
“LauncherOne” to provide launch capability for the Arkyd series of robotic spacecraft for the exploration and commercial development of Near-Earth AsteroidsMore
Mining asteroids for water and precious metals may sound like a sci-fi boondoggle, especially the way Jon Stewart described it shortly after our public announcement in 2012 on “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central… Neil deGrasse Tyson jumps in to help confirm that asteroid mining, is in fact….no bull!More
Expanding the resource base of humanity to include the solar systemMore
More than 10,000 asteroids and comets that can pass near Earth have now been discovered. The 10,000th near-Earth object, asteroid 2013 MZ5, was first detected on the night of June 18, 2013, by the Pan-STARRS-1 telescope, located on the 10,000-foot (3,000-meter) summit of the Haleakala crater on Maui.More
In evaluation locations to build the company foundation, Planetary Resources choses Seattle for its unique mixture of aerospace, information technology and quality of life.More
Hayabusa was an unmanned spacecraft developed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to return a sample of material from a small near-Earth asteroid named 25143 Itokawa to Earth for further analysis.More