Antares Explosion Won't Alter Long Road To Asteroid Mining

October 29, 2014 5:04 PM

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When an Orbital Sciences Antares rocket exploded just seconds after liftoff on Tuesday, it destroyed hundreds of millions of dollars worth of equipment and experiments destined for the International Space Station and eventually — in the case of Planetary Resources’ Arkyd 3 (A3) test satellite — orbit.

The A3 was one of the earliest steps in a long roadmap for Planetary Resources that includes creating cost-effective equipment for space observation and exploration before launching a laser communications system into space to keep in contact with the eventual asteroid prospecting missions that are t...

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