The Asteroid Mining Corporation
Welcome to the United Kingdom's portal to the asteroid mining industry. We are a young aerospace start-up company on a mission to exploit the potential of an off-Earth commercial market.
We are currently developing a satellite to prospect the near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) for mining candidates. AMC will commercialise this data set in order to fund further development of the Asteroid Mining industry, using the revenues from the Space Resource Database to refocus our R&D on the extraction, processing and utilisation of the available extra-terrestrial materials.
Opening Up The Resources Of The Solar System
AMC imagines and works towards a brighter, interplanetary future. At the core of our activities is the fundamental truth that if you really want to do something you have to start now, today. With the recent advances in space technology it has becoming increasingly self-evident that humanity has the technological capacity to mine asteroids and unlock the vast mineral wealth found within. In many cases it is a question of worldview; as we transition from a geocentric view of our place in the universe to one centred around the Sun. We call this helio-centricity; an awareness of the expanded cosmic horizons just beyond the sky. AMC does not need to mine an Asteroid to be commercially successful. AMC proposes a realistic transition; based upon many small successes and technological innovations, to get us to our ultimate goal of mining an Asteroid and establishing an Extraterrestrial Economy. Our technological development will introduce many revenue streams long before we get near an asteroid. Asteroid Mining is not science fiction, nor a distant dream. It is the today of which we are a part. Space Mining is a small inter-connected global industry; and employs some of the brightest minds of our generation. The race is on to be the first to mine an asteroid profitably and become one of the biggest corporations of the 21st century bringing vast tax revenues and wealth creation as the antidote to the 2020's tough economic climate.
The Basic Objectives In A Nutshell
What are we mining?
Initially we will be mining data on Asteroids using the APS1 satellite. There are many different kinds of asteroids with different resource compositions. The asteroids themselves come in different sizes and densities meaning some are like blobs of metal, some a rubble pile.
Once we have a better understanding of the composition of the Asteroids we will focus on NEAs containing high concentrations of Platinum Group Metals (PGMs). However we will make use of any and all materials found to be present from PGMs and Ferrous metals, Rare Earth minerals to Carbon and volatile compounds such as water. Everything is valuable in Space.
Where are we mining?
AMC ultimately aims to mine Near Earth Asteroids or NEA's.
These are asteroids that are in an orbit that is similar to that of the Earth between the orbits of Venus and Mars. There are at least 18000 known NEA's and many are easier to get to, from an energetic perspective than the Moon. Some NEAs are known to contain concentrations of PGM's that are orders of magnitude higher than any Earth mine. And thanks to the microgravity environment and the monolithic globular properties of metallic asteroids the hardest part of extracting the material is finding it.
How are we mining?
AMC takes a realistic approach based upon small, innovative missions and a natural build up of capabilities. We are developing a series of different spacecraft for Prospecting, Exploration and Extraction, with each craft being tailored to their particular mission.
Our current focus is on finding the Asteroid which presents the strongest economic case for mining. Our proprietary dataset generated by the Asteroid Prospecting Satellite One (APS1) mission will guide us to the Asteroid that we want to mine. From there we will send a low-cost Exploration mission, making use of recent innovations in CubeSat technology, on this mission we will map the surface mineralogy of the Asteroid and test our equipment. Finally we will send the first Extraction mission, with a goal of recovering at least 10 tonnes of PGMs from an Asteroid.