Real-World Mining Feasibility Studies Applied to Asteroids, the Moon and Mars
Recent directives from national leadership in the US have proposed manned exploration and mining on asteroids. While there are dozens of locations in the solar system with potential resources for mining, not all of them are equally promising. A short introduction to the principals of mining feasibility studies can demonstrate that the financial feasibility of mining asteroids is quite questionable regardless of any technical plausibility, especially when compared to other more viable options for mining in space. Furthermore, mineral exploitation beyond Earth can become quite realistic and achievable in only a few years if approached correctly with the appropriate expertise and integration of technology. This paper compares the feasibility of potential mining projects on asteroids, the Earth's Moon, and Mars based on each location's dynamic nature. Key components for success, such as location, architecture, and economics are identified and quantified, since each has a significant role in mining feasibility studies that used in the industry.
M. Zacharias et al., "Real-World Mining Feasibility Studies Applied to Asteroids, the Moon and Mars," Proceedings of the AIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition 2011, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Sep 2011.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/6.2011-7115
AIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition 2011
Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering
American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
Keywords and Phrases
Dynamic Nature; Feasibility Studies; Manned Exploration; Mining Projects; Potential Resources; Real-World; Planning; Asteroids
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Article - Conference proceedings
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