Deep Space Industries describe asteroid resources plan

January 22, 2013 9:32 am Eastern | by Clark Lindsey, Managing Editor

As mentioned earlier, the Deep Space Industries news conference will be webcast live today at 10:00am PST / 1:00pm EST / 17:00 UTC.

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Comments (7)

Fred Willett
Now we have 2 mining companies in space.
How long before we hear the words.
"Get orf my asteroid you claim jumpin' varmint."
22nd January 2013 12:48pm
Fred Willett
We need some space law urgently
22nd January 2013 12:50pm
Dean Kennedy
Unmentioned in the descripion of their small sats is propulsion; conventional hydrazine, ion or?
22nd January 2013 11:44am
Andrew Platzer
Their concept artwork ( seems to show ion propulsion. 1 engine on the Firefly, 4 on the DragonFly. The Firefly appears to be a 6U cubesat in a 1 x 2 x 3 configuration and the Dragonfly is a 12U (2 x 2 x 3 cubesat). Of course, these are just concepts images. For ion propulsion, you would need a pretty big solar panel system for power.
22nd January 2013 12:41pm
I hope they have funding. These sound like good ideas. But just generally speaking, Newspace startups still haven't figured out the key to credibility:

1. Have funding before you publicly say or do anything else.
2. With the funding you already have, come up with something that can be done in that budget.
3. THEN announce that plan.

22nd January 2013 10:14am
Fred Willett
Rick Tomlinson has a long history of space startups. We can take this as a serious effort.
22nd January 2013 12:45pm
Hm, looks like their livestream is running an hour behind the advertised time. It's 1716UTC and it's telling me I've still got 44 minutes to wait...
22nd January 2013 9:18am
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