In the wake of the decommissioning of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program, and also it’s success with the Mars rover “Curiosity”, a new company has cast it’s lot into the space game. This company, Deep Space Industries Inc, is focusing on near-Earth asteroid mining. They plan to have prospect ships working by the year 2015.
This is on the heels of the company Planetary Resources’ unveiling last April with a similar goal.
This is quite an interesting development as space mining companies, backed by some wealthy investors, may become the new “space race”. There is a lot of money to be made if you can figure out how to get the resources back to Earth. I suspect some may be waiting and watching these two companies, and their success may trigger more to follow suit.