Plans for asteroid mining emerge

Google bosses Larry Page and Eric Schmidt join Avatar director James Cameron in megamillion-dollar plan to make sci-fi realityA group of hi-tech tycoons including Google's Larry Page and Eric Schmidt have teamed up with explorer and film-maker James Cameron in a venture to mine nearby asteroids, hoping to turn science fiction into real profits.The megamillion dollar plan is to use commercially built robotic ships to squeeze rocket fuel and valuable minerals such as platinum and gold out of the rocks that routinely whizz by Earth,with the aim of having a space-based fuel station up and running by 2020.The inaugural step, to be achieved in the next 18 to 24 months, would be to launch the first of a series of private telescopes that would search for rich asteroid targets.The entrepreneurs announcing the project in Seattle on Tuesday have a track record of making big money off ventures into space. Company founders Eric Anderson and Peter Diamandis pioneered the idea of selling rides into space to tourists and, Di

Plans for asteroid mining emerge

Details emerge of the plan by billionaire entrepreneurs to mine asteroids for their resources.

Tue 24 Apr 12 from BBC News

Company aims to strike it rich by mining asteroids

A group of high-tech tycoons wants to mine nearby asteroids, hoping to turn science fiction into real profits. The mega-million dollar plan is to use commercially built robotic ships to squeeze ...

Tue 24 Apr 12 from Phys.org

Company Aims to Strike it Rich by Mining Asteroids, Tue 24 Apr 12 from U.S. News

Company aims to strike it rich by mining asteroids, Tue 24 Apr 12 from FOXNews

Legal expert says James Cameron's multi-billion space mining venture may be hit with lawsuits

Frans von der Dunk, professor of space law at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln said that existing laws applying to space meant there was no certainty that ‘asteroid mining’ was ...

Tue 1 May 12 from Daily Mail

Hang on a second, James Cameron - do you actually OWN all those asteroids full of platinum? Legal expert says space mining venture may be doomed, Tue 1 May 12 from Daily Mail

Tech billionaires bankroll gold rush to mine asteroids

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Google Inc executives Larry Page and Eric Schmidt are among those bankrolling a venture to survey and eventually extract precious metals and rare minerals ...

Mon 30 Apr 12 from Reuters

Tech tycoons in asteroid mining venture

Google bosses Larry Page and Eric Schmidt join Avatar director James Cameron in megamillion-dollar plan to make sci-fi realityA group of hi-tech tycoons including Google's Larry Page and Eric ...

Tue 24 Apr 12 from Guardian.co.uk

Company Plans to Mine Asteroid for Profit

Space-faring robots could be extracting gold and platinum from asteroids within 10 years if a new venture backed by two Silicon Valley titans and filmmaker James Cameron goes as planned.

Wed 25 Apr 12 from Laboratory Equipment

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