"Asteroid Miners Wanted" --Planetary Resources Help-Wanted Messages Signal the New Commercial Space Age
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October 02, 2012

"Asteroid Miners Wanted" --Planetary Resources Help-Wanted Messages Signal the New Commercial Space Age

 

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“Do you want to be an Asteroid Miner? Well, here’s your chance!” — announced Planetary Resources. “We’re looking for passionate college students for paid coop positions to help us mine asteroids this spring and summer. If you love space and want to contribute directly to the development of the next generation of space exploration technologies, we want to hear from you (or from anyone you know that you think would be interested)."   — Chris Lewicki, President & Chief Asteroid Miner, Planetary Resources, Inc.

PRI provides a unique and intimate work environment where you can make an immediate impact on product development and the fulfillment of primary company objectives. Join them in changing the way we explore the solar system.

Asteroids are primordial material left over from the formation of the Solar System. They are scattered throughout it: some pass close to the Sun, and others are found out beyond the orbit of Neptune. A vast majority have been collected by Jupiter’s gravity into a belt between it and Mars – an area known as the Main Belt. As it turns out, we have been discovering thousands of asteroids that do not belong to the Main Belt, but instead pass near Earth’s orbit – nearly 9,000 to date, with almost a thousand more are discovered every year.

Many of these near-Earth asteroids are easily accessible from Earth. And many contain enormous quantities of accessible resources. There are over 1,500 asteroids that are as easy to get to as the surface of the Moon. They are also in Earth-like orbits with small gravity fields, making them easier to approach and depart.

Asteroid resources have some unique characteristics that make them especially attractive. Unlike Earth, where heavier metals are close to the core, metals in asteroids are distributed throughout their body, making them easier to extract.

Asteroids contain valuable and useful materials like iron, nickel, water, and rare platinum group metals, often in significantly higher concentration than found in mines on Earth.

We are only just beginning to realize the incredible potential of asteroids. The first encounter of a spacecraft with an asteroid was in 1991, as the Galileo spacecraft flew by the 951 Gaspra asteroid on its way to Jupiter. Our knowledge of these celestial neighbors has been revolutionized by a small set of US and international missions carried out since that time. With each visit or fly-by, the science on asteroids has been rewritten.

Planetary Resources’ mission is to apply commercial, innovative techniques to explore space. They will develop low-cost robotic spacecraft to explore the thousands of resource-rich asteroids within our reach. They will develop the most efficient capabilities to deliver these resources directly to both space-based and terrestrial customers.

Click here to apply now and be a part of history in the making!

Comments

I'd like to see a business plan for the venture and a projected P & L statement. SBA might provide a loan, but I doubt the profitability unless some metals not found on Earth and necessary for some critical venture were found in significant quantity.

On the other hand, it looks like a venture the US Government will jump right on.

Do we get hazard pay?

I have only one problem with this. Finding the metals and ores is fine. I have no issues with that. My only issue is a simple one. Asteroids being primordial for lack of a better word. May contain new strains of viruses and or diseases. We have no idea on how life, water, etc etc is spread. If it is spread by asteroids. Is it not feasible to postulate that there could be a rare bacteria on or in some of, if not most of these space rocks? This could turn out to be highly detrimental to all life here on earth.

I'm 52...but I'd love to go. I'll sign any waivers.


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