January 25, 2018

Arkyd-6 is in Orbit!

  Planetary Resources has been working on the Arkyd-6 spacecraft for a few years. The last time we saw Arkyd-6 was during delivery last November. We’re incredibly excited to share that the Arkyd-6 spacecraft launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre onboard PSLV-C40 on January 12, 2018. The launch went well and Arkyd-6 was successfully deployed into…

January 10, 2018

Countdown to the Arkyd-6 launch & its first few hours in space

Our Arkyd-6 spacecraft will be riding as a secondary payload onboard the Indian Space Research Organization’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). The PSLV will launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Southern India. About a half hour after the PSLV takes off, the fourth stage of the rocket will deploy Arkyd-6 into its target…

December 18, 2017

How does Arkyd-6 help develop future Planetary Resources spacecraft?

  We are underway with the development of Planetary Resources’ next spacecraft platform – the Arkyd-301. Our latest completed spacecraft, the Arkyd-6, has helped create the technical framework for Arkyd-301. We expect to learn more once our Arkyd-6 spacecraft launches and enters into operation in early 2018. After Arkyd-6 launches, we enter our initial operations…

December 11, 2017

Arkyd-6 Design & Engineering Philosophies

Arkyd-6 is a technical evolution of our Arkyd-3 spacecraft. Its avionics, software, structure, and mechanisms are all improved from the previous generation, and we’re in the process of improving it once again for the Arkyd-301 platform. But more than just a technical advancement, Arkyd-6 allowed us to evolve our design and engineering philosophies as well….

December 4, 2017

Who built the Arkyd-6 spacecraft?

It took a diversity of backgrounds and expertise to design and build the Arkyd-6 spacecraft. Here’s a glimpse of our amazing team.

November 30, 2017

Asteroid mining is the key to our future expansion into space

Asteroid mining is the key to our future expansion into space. Planetary Resources is conducting the first commercial exploration of resources on near Earth asteroids. The first resource that we’re interested in is water. Water, when you break it down into the elements Hydrogen and Oxygen, is rocket fuel – currently the best way to…

November 27, 2017

Learn about where the Arkyd-6 spacecraft was built!

Do you want to learn about where we built the Arkyd-6 spacecraft? Our CIO & Director of Infrastructure Ray Ramadorai describes the key equipment and facilities that were instrumental in designing, manufacturing, testing, and integrating the Arkyd-6 spacecraft.

November 20, 2017

What is the Arkyd-6?

We’d like to introduce the Arkyd-6 spacecraft! This 6U cubesat is packed with power including 17 computing elements. The Arkyd-6 is part of our R&D program assisting us in the design of the Arkyd-301 spacecraft that will detect water on near-Earth asteroids. Learn more about Arkyd-6 here.

November 13, 2017

Packaging Arkyd-6 for Delivery to the Launch Vehicle

We are excited to share with you that we’ve delivered the Arkyd-6 spacecraft, our second technology demonstrator. The spacecraft has officially begun its journey to the launch pad. In the weeks leading up to launch day, we’ll be sharing with you information on the Arkyd-6, its mission and the team who built it – so,…

October 12, 2017

Hunting Asteroids with Data Science

Today, a small asteroid, 2012 TC4, will pass very close to Earth. It was originally discovered in October 2012 as it sped by our planet at approximately one-fourth the distance from Earth to the Moon. 2012 TC4 is one of more than 16,000 near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) that regularly pass by our neighborhood in space. A…