Project Title: Is it Cost Efficient for American Companies to Mine Asteroids in the Asteroid Belt in the near Future?
BASIS Advisor: Mr. Winter
Internship Location: Digital (New York, NY)
Onsite Mentor: Mr. Maloney and Art Doney
Have you ever thought about how many resources are in space? With a bunch of rocks in space, is earth the only one that has the rare metals. In recent times, people have been exploring the possibility of mining asteroids in space. The goal of mining asteroids is to get extra rare metals as well as to find water on asteroids. Rare earth metals are being used more in more in complex computers and water has both of the core components of liquid fuel, liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen. Having the ability to refuel in space would make it easier to go much further in space. Most of the cost of a flight is from escaping the atmosphere thus having fuel in space is much more valuable. I am working with Mr. Maloney, an ex NASA schedule engineer and Art Doney, an aerospace engineer from the Naval Academy. I will be talking with mining companies about their cost of mining metals on earth and looking at how much it costs to take fuel into space rather than creating it on an asteroid. I think we will be surprisingly close to mining asteroids and creating refuel stations in space.
Hi again, it’s me. Over the last week I was thinking about ways that it would be possible and mistakes that I made over the course of the project. In the beginning of the process. Around week 2 I got sucked into a tunnel vision that would be for the rest of the project. I […]
Hi again, it’s me. This week I worked on how much copper we would be able to mine with 15 liters of 5% sulfuric acid. It’s not good. With 15 liters of 5% sulfuric acid it can dissolve 0.033 moles of copper. With that we get 2g per 15 liters of 5% sulfuric acid equating […]
Hi again, it’s me. This week I worked on the cost of sending 240 pounds into space. It was a lot simpler than I imagined. And the weight is a lot lower than I originally anticipated but it’s hard to say for sure. According to SpaceXs website it cost $2,500 per pound to put something […]
Hi again, it’s me. Over the past week I have been looking at what the weight of a solvent mining rig is and how much it would cost to get the rig into space onto an asteroid. They use 14 inch steel diameter tubes called conductor tubes that go down to 500 feet, these weigh […]
Hi again, it’s me. Over the past week I got a response from Mr. Maloney. He said that “ A mining rig would prove to be too cumbersome, A logistical nightmare.” A mining rig can weigh upwards of 10s of thousands of pounds and it would be impossible to even get a full size […]
Hi again, it’s me. Over the past week I sent an email to Mr.Maloney asking about what kind of mining he would recommend in space over all of the types that Greg Gillian sent: Regular Mining, mining with a solvent and a pump system, mining with a solvent but then using an electric grid to […]
Hi again, it’s me. Over the past week I talked to Greg Gillian again and he gave new ideas on what mining on an asteroid would look like and the most important source that he gave me was a new way of mining that uses electric fields to extract ore. The way that this works […]
Hi again, it’s me. Over the past week I have read a lot of Ni-43-101’s and to be honest, they are quite boring and have a lot of filler, but I did make a couple of findings. The cost of mining gold through a traditional method is $940 dollars per ounce and the cost of […]
Hi again, it’s me. Over the last week I have reached out and talked to Greg Gillian the former President, US Operations for norwest corp and he gave me quite a lot of sources and ideas for what mining would look like in space as well as what resources to use to find the cost […]
Hi again, it’s me. This past week has been all about making connections and a plan. I have been focused on finding connections to people and seeing who is going to be able to answer my questions. I have been talking to my advisors and have come up with a good first contact. I am […]
Hello! My name is Carson Evans and I am a senior at Basis Independent Brooklyn. I have been at Basis since the 7th grade and I have always been asking questions. I have taken physics and math to answer some of those questions and now I have a big one. What is the world going […]