Prospect, Explore, Extract: AMC's 3-stage approach to asteroid mining.
Project El Dorado - Prospect
Asteroid Prospecting Satellite I (APS-1)
AMC's first space mission involves the launch in 2025 of a microsatellite space telescope to a sun-synchronous Low Earth Orbit with a proprietary payload of instruments for scanning several thousand near-Earth and Main Belt asteroids in order to estimate their compositions. APS-1 will remain operational for at least 2 years. In particular, we are looking for precious metals and water, offering the greatest economic opportunities for Earth-return and in-situ development respectively. The data harvested by APS-1 will populate our Space Resources Database, which will be the most comprehensive inventory of our Solar System to date.
“We went looking for the City of Gold, and found a New World.”
Project Drexciya - Explore
Two spacecraft will share the same launch towards the cluster of asteroids identified by APS-1 as most likely to contain viable candidates for surface exploration. Upon approach, they will separate into scanner and lander modules:
Asteroid Prospecting Satellite II (APS-2)
Our second space telescope, APS-2, will perform a close flyby of the asteroids in the cluster, acquiring more detailed information about their composition, shape, size, spin, topography and texture, in order to decide which one AEP-1 should land on and to select a landing site.
Asteroid Exploration Probe I (AEP-1)
AEP-1 will rendezvous with, orbit and land on the likely best mining candidate as identified by APS-2. A Space Capable Asteroid Robotic Explorer will deploy to explore the surface, take core samples, test extraction technology and select a mining site for AMP-1.
Project Mu - Extract
The dawn of a new era for our species, Project Mu will be mankind’s first commercial asteroid mining mission.
Asteroid Mining Probe I (AMP-1)
AMP-1 will land at the site selected by AEP-1, set up its mining equipment and attempt to extract 20 tonnes of Platinum Group and Rare-Earth Metals. The processed precious metals, totalling up to 10% of the current global annual supply, will be sent down to Earth in the reusable mining shuttle. The mine will continue operating until depletion, with subsequent shuttles bringing tools for in-situ resource utilisation, thus using the asteroids as the building blocks for an extraterrestrial economy.