An Interplanetary Economy — why.

  • Earth has finite, limited resources. Humans are little more than apes with smartphones, and we’re not great at long-term thinking. If we want to accelerate the shift to renewables, we’re going to need a lot of raw material to create batteries at low costs. A limited supply will create scarcity sooner or later, driving up prices. Following that same line of thought, if we can add significantly more material into circulation, we give ourselves a solid chance at mass-production on a scale that can save us from the lack of long-term thinking of previous generations.
  • Mining certain raw materials from Earth damages people and the environment. Look at the search results for “Cobalt mining” on Google Images — it’ll make my point better than words ever will. We have a genuine opportunity to improve the lives of the unseen and unheard.
  • They’re there. There are between 1.1–1.9 million asteroids in the asteroid belt [1], located between Mars and Jupiter. Asterank has a catalogue of some of the most interesting ones in terms of their value and ease of access.
Asteroids hold different amounts of different materials. The most interesting to us are Cobalt, Nickel and Platinum, but water is also going to be critical as a fuel for spacecraft.
Hayabusa2 touching down on Ryugu (on my birthday) in 2019.

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