+Tony Demetriou will especially find this interesting.
Company announces it will mine asteroids for fun and profit. And the future.


The private company Planetary Resources has announced serious plans to begin finding, reaching, and mining asteroids over the next few years.

Yes, seriously. And I strongly suspect they can do it.

They're not fooling around. The company is being run by Peter Diamandis, who started the very successful X Prize Foundation, has several ex-NASA folks running the engineering ops, and has the backing of several high-profile billionaires (yes, billionaires with a "B").

This is not pie-in-the-sky: it's a solid, step-by-step plan that starts slow and builds up. Details are in the link above, but my conclusion?

This could be the first step to a permanent human presence in space.
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