Another space company to mine asteroids

Back in April 2012, Planetary Resources announced its plans to mine asteroids for resources. Now, another private space company is entering the asteroid mining business. On Tuesday, January 22, Deep Space Industries (DSI) announced its plans to launch a fleet of small spacecraft to near-Earth asteroids for the purpose of mining resources.

Wired.com explains that DSI’s plans call for the creation of a fleet of prospecting spacecraft called Fireflies “that will travel to asteroids in Earth’s vicinity on journeys of two to six months.” These will be used to collect data about asteroids to determine the best asteroids from which to mine…

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