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[b] [size=5]Deep Space Industries will send 'FireFly' ships to prospect for mineable asteroids in 2015[/size][/b]

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[size=1][size=4]Deep Space Industries, which will hold its official launch on Tuesday at Santa Monica's Museum of Flying, is the latest of several ambitious private companies to announce plans for the final frontier: in its case, to prospect near-Earth asteroids with an eye towards using materials in them to build a permanent presence in space. In 2015, it says it will begin sending unmanned "FireFly" spacecraft to explore asteroids that fly near Earth, followed by heavier "DragonFly" craft that will bring back samples from likely candidates between 2016 and 2020.

If these initial steps pan out, DSI has far more ambitious plans. Among them is a "Microgravity Foundry," a 3D printing technology that uses nickel-charged gas to print metal components in zero gravity. The company says a patent is pending, but we're not sure how far along the tech is

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Asteroids are full of noble metals, like gold. So this could be very interesting. Expensive, but interesting.

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Doesn't look anything like Serenity.
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it would be interesting to see in my lifetime the fledgling space mining operations.

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[quote name='TheLegendOfMart' timestamp='1358861527' post='595470452']
Doesn't look anything like Serenity.
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This was my first thought as well...

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The real utility will be mining water and methane ices for use as fuel for propellant depots. Ceres alone has as nearly much water as the N.Atlantic.

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Getting started is going to be really expensive but after the initial setup, and the more runs they do, it might be very profitable.

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Interesting article on space docks/waypoints/gateways -


[Img]http://www.thespacereview.com/archive/2221a.jpg[/img]

http://thespacereview.com/article/2221/1

[quote][b]Cislunar transportation: the space trucking system[/b]

Many people wonder what all the fuss is all about when they keep hearing the phrase
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Interview with DSI:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nQp6vjADtE

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[quote]All along our interstate and other major roads, we have truck stops designed to service and refuel large trucks. The space equivalent we really need is the waystation, and its most important feature is the propellant (fuel and oxidizer) supply

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NASA has a proposal for an exploration gateway (search for posts on it) but a waystation would be dven larger & capable of docking several spacecraft for refueling, assembly & integration into a larger vehicle or heading off on exploration missions. Both would be best placed at one of the Lagrange points - gravitational equilibrium points.

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