Enabling mining of near-earth asteroids for abundant mineral resources that are carbon neutral and sustainable.
The EU flags almost 50 chemical elements as critical, meaning they are required to sustain our industrial ecosystem and drive the Green Deal, but have significant supply risk.
Earth mining is a key driver for bribery and corruption in many developing countries, as well as a tool of wealth displacement that creates massive income inequality. Poor working conditions are combined with child labor, no governance and very limited oversight.
The numbers are clear.
Share of mines in high water stress locations
Current share of mining in global carbon footprint
Ecosystem and biodiversity loss
Share of mines with tailings, dust and waste causing ecosystem and biodiversity degradation
We are going to mine near-earth asteroids to provide abundant, sustainable water and mineral resources for the space economy.
Over 50 years of surveying has identified around 26 thousand near-earth asteroids, out of an estimated total of around 200 billion. Most of these observations lack definition, missing crucial data such as the spin, exact orbit and composition of the asteroids.