What if the greatest discovery of natural resources didn’t take place on Earth?

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.

Our Vision

Planetary Resources is bringing the natural resources of space within humanity’s economic sphere of influence, propelling our future into the 21st century and beyond.  Water from asteroids will fuel the in-space economy, and rare metals will increase Earth’s GDP.

Asteroids are the low-hanging fruit of the Solar System. There are close to 9,000 near-Earth asteroids, and nearly 1,000 more are discovered every year.

Low cost commercial robotic spacecraft will explore asteroids and determine their position, composition, and accessibility of resources.


Asteroid mining will allow the delivery of resources to the point of need, be it a fuel depot orbiting the Earth, or elsewhere in the Solar System.


Our Mission

Planetary Resources’ mission is clear: apply commercial, innovative techniques to explore space. We will develop low-cost robotic spacecraft to explore the thousands of resource-rich asteroids within our reach. We will learn everything we can about them, then develop the most efficient capabilities to deliver these resources directly to both space-based and terrestrial customers. Asteroid mining may sound like fiction, but it’s just science.

Today Planetary Resources is creating robotic explorers that cost an order of magnitude less than current systems.

Teams of robotic spacecraft will explore the best asteroid candidates, then access and process their resources during subsequent campaigns.

Asteroid mining will ultimately lead to an environmentally and economically sustainable development of space resources.