The big question is, who'll provide the capital? That's the question I'll ask on Tuesday, unless someone else beats me to it:
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- , I suspect that will be partially answered in the announcement - this is a teaser image afterall.
, there are a large number of objects much closer than 1 AU to Earth. Just explore this database for a bit. http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/ It does not however change the "how they plan to get there," but the most straightforward answer is on rockets, I am guessing on Falcon 9s and Falcon Heavies.
The most important thing to remember is that unlike say the internet boom (and bust) or the digital computing revolution, these efforts take time.Jan 21, 2013
- Right, the general targets will be near-Earth asteroids with the right stuff for exploitation. Will keep you posted on how the announcement shakes out ... historically, such ventures tend to fizzle out unless there are big backers to keep them going (e.g., Paul Allen with Stratolaunch, Elon Musk with SpaceX, Richard Branson with Virgin Galactic, Jeff Bezos with Blue Origin).Jan 21, 2013