Various Agencies Express Interest in Space Asteroids
For those that are familiar with the most popular 1980s outer space themed cocktail table arcade games, the idea of blowing up an asteroid isn’t that far fetched. Even flaming asteroids rarely hit the earth, some of the biggest shifts in history have been caused by space rocks. From the distinction of dinosaurs to the Ice Age, meteorites seem to have a strange penchant for causing chaos on our planet.
Thanks to the European Space Agency, incoming asteroids will never again be a problem. Hundreds of movies, books and cocktail table arcade games have dealt with the subject in their own unique ways, but today, science fiction is finally turning into reality. It will take around 10 years for the ESA to prepare and test out the equipment needed to decimate meteorites located thousands of miles from the earth.
Deep Space Industries is looking to start searching for precious minerals and other resources in space. The newly formed company believes that some resources in short supply can be replenished by way of asteroid mining. However, Deep Space Industries might also be in competition with other companies. Since no universal laws governing outer space have been outlined, rights to individual planets, asteroids and other space debris may be defined on a case by case basis.
Since no one has the ability, or the right, to outright own an asteroid, it is possible that Deep Space Industries may come into direct conflict with the European Space Agency. If one entity plans on blowing up an asteroid, while the other wants to mine it, there could be even further issues. Presently, neither the ESA or Deep Space Industries seems to be targeting the same meteorite.
Confident that they will find enough resources to justify the costs of building, launching and manning expensive space vessels, Deep Space Industries plans to announce its first official voyage. All found materials will be hauled back to earth, where they will be sorted, cataloged, packaged and sold to the highest bidder. Although meteorites do not hold diamonds, rubies or pearls, they may hold the key to some of the planet’s biggest problems.