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Deep Space Industries Selected for NASA SBIR Phase II Award

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dsi_logoNASA has selected asteroid mining company Deep Space Industries for a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II award to continue work on developing and testing of asteroid soil simulants.

The project is aimed at producing “at least four asteroid simulants at high fidelity for mineral content and particle size, created through standardized inputs and documented processes” for use by terrestrial researchers in a variety of programs.

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Luxembourg’s Bold Move into Space Mining

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ESA's Asteroid Impact Mission is joined by two triple-unit CubeSats to observe the impact of the NASA-led Demonstration of Autonomous Rendezvous Technology (DART) probe with the secondary Didymos asteroid, planned for late 2022. (Credit: ESA - ScienceOffice.org)

ESA’s Asteroid Impact Mission is joined by two triple-unit CubeSats to observe the impact of the NASA-led Demonstration of Autonomous Rendezvous Technology (DART) probe with the secondary Didymos asteroid, planned for late 2022. (Credit: ESA – ScienceOffice.org)

By Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

Luxembourg’s announcement of its space resources initiative provides three things that companies like Planetary Resources and Deep Space Industries (DSI) need to make their dreams of mining asteroids a reality.

Legal Recognition. The United States is alone in the world in recognizing space property rights. There is some dispute over whether the law violates the 1967 Outer Space Treaty.
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Deep Space Industries Praises Luxembourg Space Resources Mining Initiative

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dsi_logoMOFFETT FIELD, Calif. (DSI PR) — Deep Space Industries (DSI) congratulates Luxembourg’s Economic Ministry on their announcement today that they will be actively pursuing space resource utilization. Spaceresources.lu is a government-sponsored initiative, planning the exploration, use, and commercialization of valuable minerals and other resources from Near Earth Objects (NEOs), like asteroids. Luxembourg’s Spaceresources.lu initiative – to be conducted in cooperation with commercial partners – is destined to facilitate and support the creation of an entire new space industry.

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Luxembourg Launches Space Resources Mining Initiative

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Schematic view of asteroid (25143) Itokawa. (Credit: ESO)

Schematic view of asteroid (25143) Itokawa. (Credit: ESO)

LUXEMBOURG CITY (Luxembourg Government PR) — The Luxembourg Government announced a series of measures to position Luxembourg as a European hub in the exploration and use of space resources. Amongst the key steps undertaken, as part of the spaceresources.lu initiative, will be the development of a legal and regulatory framework confirming certainty about the future ownership of minerals extracted in space from Near Earth Objects (NEO’s) such as asteroids.

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Luxembourg Set to Become Asteroid Mining Power

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These photos show the relative size of three asteroids that have been imaged at close range by spacecraft. Mathilde (37 x 29 miles) (left) was taken by the NEAR spacecraft on June 27, 1997. Images of the asteroids Gaspra (middle) and Ida (right) were taken by the Galileo spacecraft in 1991 and 1993, respectively. Image Credit: NASA/JPL/NEAR and Galileo missions

Three asteroids (Credit: NASA/JPL/NEAR and Galileo missions)

Well, this is interesting:

The country is home to one of the world’s biggest satellite firms, SES, and is now planning to create a space mining industry that could both advance science and make investors wealthy, according to a report in the Financial Times.

The Grand Duchy is partnering with the dramatically-named commercial space mining firms, Deep Space Industries and Planetary Resources of the US.

Luxembourg‘s Economy Minister Etienne Schneider is set to provide details on Wednesday about the joint venture, which seeks to mine gold, platinum and other minerals. Former ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain is an adviser to the effort.

DSI’s Tumlinson Awarded World Technology Award

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Rick Tumlison, accepting his World Technology Award on Nov 20, 2015. Pictured with World Technology Network founder James Craig. (Credit: DSI)

Rick Tumlison, accepting his World Technology Award on Nov 20, 2015. Pictured with World Technology Network founder James Craig. (Credit: DSI)

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. (DSI PR) — On Friday, November 20, 2015, Rick Tumlinson was awarded the World Technology Award by the World Technology Network  (“The WTN”) – a global community comprised of the most innovative people and organizations at the forefront of science and technology and related fields.   Mr. Tumlinson was awarded this prestigious honor for his work at Deep Space Industries in the development of an industrial economy in space.

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Deep Space Industries Applauds Vote on Asteroid Mining

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dsi_logoMOFFETT FIELD, Calif. (DSI PR) — Deep Space Industries (DSI) congratulates the members of the United States Senate for passing legislation that significantly advances the cause of opening space resources to humanity. Title IV of S.1297, also referred to as the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitive Act of 2015, promotes the right of U.S. citizens to engage in commercial exploration for, and commercial recovery of, space resources in accordance with international obligations and subject to supervision by the U.S. government.

“We are pleased to see the beginnings of legal clarity in the field of space resource utilization,” said Rick Tumlinson, Chair of Deep Space Industries. “This bill is a historic step forward and demonstrates that Congress can effectively and quickly pass legislation that is important to the country’s economic future. The hard-working legislators and their staff on Capitol Hill are to be commended.”

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Metatron Global to Join Deep Space Industries on Asteroid Mining Quest

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Asteroid Mining Company Deep Space Industries Announces Investment by the International Investment Fund Metatron Global, A.S.

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. (DSI PR) — The asteroid mining firm Deep Space Industries (DSI) announced today that Metatron Global, A.S., an international investment firm with offices in the Czech Republic, has agreed to make a substantial investment in the company. The investment will enable DSI to accelerate its plans to prospect for resources at an asteroid in the near future, hire more top level leadership and develop high value products based on its groundbreaking technologies.

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Deep Space Industries Appoints Chief Engineer

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Grant Bonin

Grant Bonin

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. (DSI PR) — Deep Space Industries (DSI) announced today that renowned spacecraft designer and engineer Grant Bonin will be joining the company in the role of Chief Engineer. Mr. Bonin has 11 successful spacecraft in Earth orbit and will now drive the company’s ramp up to its first asteroid missions.

“It’s go time!” exclaimed Rick Tumlinson, Chair of Deep Space Industries. “We have the vision, the goal and core plan. With Grant, we now have the full leadership team to execute and succeed. This is the first in a series of exciting announcements you’ll see from DSI in the coming year. On our current growth path and timetable DSI’s spacecraft will be flying out to an asteroid before 2020.”

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Deep Space Industries to Bring ISISpace Flight Hardware to American Market

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dsi_logoDSI Partners with Europe’s Leading Nanosat Manufacturer, ISISpace

MOFFETT FIELD, Ca. (ISISpace/DSI RP) — Innovative Solutions In Space (ISISpace), a recognized leader in the world-wide nanosat market, and Deep Space Industries have announced a partnership that will deliver significant benefits to customers, at highly competitive prices. Deep Space Industries will utilize ISISpace’s flight proven hardware and avionics in addition to DSI’s own proprietary technologies to provide high-quality, low-cost, agile nanosat platforms in the American market.

“Deep Space Industries is extremely excited to be able to offer ISISpace’s professional quality Cubesat-compatible flight systems to our American customers. This new partnership will enable U.S. customers to benefit from the finest quality European parts backed by years of success,” said Daniel Faber, CEO of Deep Space Industries. “Coupled with DSI’s innovative new technologies and our integration and engineering expertise, this partnership will allow us to provide the highest quality nanosat platforms to our customers at competitive prices.”

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Asteroid Property Rights Legislation Introduced in Congress

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Welcome WRANGLER, a NIAC-funded idea to capture and de-spin asteroids and space debris. (Credit: Robert Hoyt/Tethers Unlimited)

Welcome WRANGLER, a NIAC-funded idea to capture and de-spin asteroids and space debris. (Credit: Robert Hoyt/Tethers Unlimited)

Legislation that would grant property rights to entities mining asteroids has been introduced in Congress.

“Any asteroid resources obtained in outer space are the property of the entity that obtained such resources, which shall be entitled to all property rights thereto, consistent with applicable provisions of Federal law,” the measure states.

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Deep Space Industries Selected for NASA SBIR Contract

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Deep Space Industries will build a constellation of 24 nano-sats, called BitSats for Dunvegan Space Systems. (Credit:  Bryan Versteeg, DSI)

Deep Space Industries will build a constellation of 24 nano-sats, called BitSats for Dunvegan Space Systems. (Credit: Bryan Versteeg, DSI)

NASA has selected Deep Space Industries for a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I award to develop asteroid simulants for use in testing technologies on the ground.

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DSI Forges Partnership with Bitcoin Pioneer

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Deep Space Industries will build a constellation of 24 nano-sats, called BitSats for Dunvegan Space Systems. (Credit:  Bryan Versteeg, DSI)

Deep Space Industries will build a constellation of 24 nano-sats, called BitSats for Dunvegan Space Systems. (Credit: Bryan Versteeg, DSI)

ATLANTA, GA, March 12, 2015 (DSI PR) —  Jeff Garzik, Bitcoin pioneer and CEO of Dunvegan Space Systems (DSS) announced he has signed a contract with Deep Space Industries (DSI) to build a 24 BitSat satellite constellation as the first element of a new strategic alliance between the two firms. The nanosats to be used in the Dunvegan constellation designed by DSI provide an order of magnitude cost advantage over traditional telecommunication satellites.  Based on the industry standard Cubesat form factor, BitSat enables a cost and performance framework that supports the open platform business model employed by Dunvegan.

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DSI Opens Lab in Silicon Valley

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dsi_logoMOFFETT FIELD, Calif. (DSI PR) — Deep Space last month opened a lab and office at the NASA Ames Research Park at Moffett Field in Silicon Valley, and expanded its staff. The new facility provides space to begin assembly of the company’s initial spacecraft for an exciting project to be announced next month, with room to expand. The new location enhances the visibility of Deep Space with the NASA-Ames leadership for partnering and contracting. Ames is NASA’s lead center for small spacecraft and hosts a number of agency experts in commercial space. The new facility is in close proximity to technology-savvy investors, partners and a skilled technology workforce.

Deep Space also is growing its team with several new hires and research collaborators. Colorado-based Rhonda Stevenson is now Chief Sales and Promotions Officer, starting with the revamp of the Deep Space By Design retail web site and also covering games, apps, and retail product licensing.

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“Space: The Next Industrial Revolution” Panel Discussion

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Emerging Space – The Next Industrial Revolution

Bruce Pittman, Chief System Engineer, NASA Space Portal, Moffett Field, CA; Daniel Faber, Chief Executive Officer, Deep Space Industries, McLean, VA; Robert P. Hoyt, CEO & Chief Scientist, Tethers Unlimited Inc., Bothell, WA; Col Gregory Johnson, USAF (Ret.), President & Executive Director, CASIS, Melbourne, FL; Aaron Kemmer, CEO, Made in Space, Inc., Moffett Field, CA; Jeffrey Manber, Managing Director, NanoRacks, Houston, TX

Editor’s Note: This is an excellent panel discussion. It’s long, but it’s worth watching all the way through to understand what’s going on in commercial space. The Commercial Crew Program gets a lot of attention, but the things that CASIS, NanoRacks, Made in Space and others are probably under appreciated at this point. Things are beginning to shift in a very significant way.