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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…

September 22, 2017

Ever been 5,000 feet below Earth’s surface? Asteroid miners explore Barrick’s Hemlo Mine

At nearly a mile below the surface (that’s around four Empire State Buildings), Hemlo showcases a part of Earth that is unlike anything experienced on the surface. Recently, a team of asteroid miners were invited underground to share ideas with Barrick’s Innovation Strategy Team. The middle of Earth’s crust may seem very different from the…

May 30, 2017

Hearing on “Reopening the American Frontier: Exploring How the Outer Space Treaty Will Impact American Commerce and Settlement in Space”

Washington D.C. – May 23, 2017 – Peter Marquez, Vice President of Global Engagement for Planetary Resources, submitted a testimony for a hearing titled “Reopening the American Frontier: Exploring How the Outer Space Treaty Will Impact American Commerce and Settlement in Space.” Click Here to Read and Watch the Archived Hearing   Click Here to Read…