Will an asteroid be mined for minerals before 2040?
closes 2040

It can be a test, but it needs to be a test of commercial mining, not just returning samples for scientific study. The mining on the asteroid must be succcesful, but it doesn't need to make it back to Earth.

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42irrationalistis predicting YES at 75%

Astroforge intends to launch two test missions in 2023. Note: neither one would qualify for a YES resolution on this market, although both would test important aspects.

The quote from the linked article:

The first mission will take place in April 2023 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch in partnership with satellite and in-orbit service provider, OrbAstro. During this mission, we will demonstrate our refinery capabilities with the goal of validating our technology and performing extractions in zero gravity. The spacecraft will launch pre-loaded with an asteroid-like material that the refinery payload will vaporize and sort into its elemental components.

The second mission will take place in October 2023 on a SpaceX lunar rideshare with Intuitive Machines, again partnering with OrbAstro as well as in-space propulsion company Dawn Aerospace. We’ll head to deep space to observe our target asteroid in preparation for our first retrieval mission.

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42irrationalistbought Ṁ65 of YES

There is a YC startup dedicated to making money via mining asteroids. They are aiming to mine asteroids by the end of this decade. While it's not a given that they would succeed, I think it's a sign that asteroid mining could ultimately be feasible.



AstroForge: We Mine Asteroids | Y Combinator
AstroForge: We Mine Asteroids | Y Combinator
We Mine Asteroids. Founded in 2021 by Jose Acain and Matt Gialich, AstroForge has 10 employees based in Huntington Beach, CA, USA. AstroForge is hiring for 4 roles in engineering and science.

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