The process of asteroid mining is not as easy compared to earth mining because in this case, we have to select an asteroid and get data about its content, we have to catalog its trajectory, we have to get skillful miners and astronauts for the job, and we have to carry the exploited resource back to earth or the space station. This requires billions of dollars for building the required craft and designing the tools for mining.
1.Selecting the Cataloged Asteroids for Mining.
We have to select asteroids based on the most economical processes i.e., selecting an asteroid that is moving closer to earth at some point of its trajectory and having the mineral content we require and the time that it stays within the feasible limit for the miners to return. Don’t worry about all these selection criteria because our scientists have screened and almost 9000 asteroids in our solar system and had found 10 potential targets for the mining they are Ryugu, Nereus, Bennu, Didymos, Anteros, 1989ML, 1992TC, 2001CC21, 2001SG10, 2011UW158.
Mining techniques are the areas where our engineers have to use their brains to propose feasible methods for extraction while considering that we are working in an unfamiliar location, we are wearing a suit weight almost double our body weight, We have specific time limits. While keeping every aspect of the mining we have to propose a feasible and economical method of extraction.
3.Transportation of Mined products.
There are different ways to deal with the mined products,
1.To return to earth with the mined raw material.
2.Taking it to the space station for processing.
3.Converting the mined raw material into fuel.
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Originally published at https://www.futuretechideas.com on April 19, 2021.