August 28, 2015

How We Choose our Near-Earth Asteroid Targets

When traditional mining companies evaluate a potential mining target, they have a couple thoughts in mind: (1) Is it technically feasible? (2) How much will it cost? (3) How much risk is involved, and (4) Will it yield a profitable return? In choosing an asteroid target for mining in space, the goals are the same, but the variables…

July 14, 2015

SPACE Act of 2015 Passes in the House (H.R. 2262)

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…

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…