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Planetary Resources To 'Claim' Asteroids With Beacons 221

kkleiner writes "Planetary Resources last year boldly claimed that they would build a futuristic business out of mining space asteroids. To that end, the firm recently completed the Arkyd-100 satellite prototype. The satellite will use its telescope to look for suitable near-Earth asteroids from low-Earth orbit. Later expeditions will rocket out to prospective real estate, do spectral analysis, and if the asteroid contains valuable resources, lay claim with a beacon."
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Planetary Resources To 'Claim' Asteroids With Beacons

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 20, 2013 @03:20PM (#42957839)

    Not legally enforceable, which in many ways is a shame. Until money can be made through space travel, it will never "take off"...

    Mod informative, flamebait or funny

  • by medcalf ( 68293 ) on Wednesday February 20, 2013 @03:40PM (#42958057) Homepage
    Two reasons. The first is that the volume of materials in orbit is really, really tiny. The second is that each of these different types of space junk would require (potentially) different processing techniques, equipment and so forth. Even discounting property issues, those simply make the idea financially insane. So I expect some national government somewhere will certainly try it at some point.
  • Lame (Score:5, Insightful)

    by TheSkepticalOptimist ( 898384 ) on Wednesday February 20, 2013 @04:20PM (#42958457)

    Look, I don't care if you plant a flag or a beacon on some asteroid, if I can actually build a spaceship that can go and grab it and mine it before you do, your shit out of luck. I'll just kick your little beacon off, or move it to something else that has no value. What are you going to do about it?

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