Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
June 24, 2016
I couldn’t resist this story, even though this week has been largely taken up with geopolitical news. It was shared by Ms. M.W. and it’s an example of the ssort of dreaming that is now taking place for the commercialization of space:
Note first of all that this is a serious plan being funded by a NASA grant:
A few decades from now, asteroids may be flying themselves to mining outposts in space, nobly sacrificing their abundant resources to help open the final frontier to humanity.
That’s the vision of California-based company Made In Space, which was recently awarded NASA funding to investigate how to turn asteroids into giant, autonomous spacecraft.
The project, known as RAMA (Reconstituting Asteroids into Mechanical Automata), is part of Made In Space’s long-term plan to enable space colonization by helping make off-Earth manufacturing efficient and economically viable. [How Asteroid Mining Could Work (Infographic)]
Arthur C. Clark fans will at least appreciate the reference to his RAMA series of science fiction novels. But now note what the project supposedly involves: