Asteroid-Mining Firm's First Spacecraft Deploys from Space Station

Photo: Planetary Resources

Last week, the first in a line of spacecraft designed to test technologies needed to eventually mine asteroids launched from the International Space Station

TheArkyd 3 Reflight (A3R) spacecraft, created by Redmond, Wash., asteroid-mining firm Planetary Resources, aims to test critical electronic systems and software during its 90-day mission. The demonstrator craft deployed from the space station’s Kibo airlock on 16 July, having arrived at the ISS...

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