[ExI] Mining the Sky SL Talk I gave today

Adrian Tymes wingcat at pacbell.net
Mon Apr 26 07:10:08 UTC 2010

--- On Sun, 4/25/10, spike <spike66 at att.net> wrote:
> So the race is on
> now to imagine good
> ways to use the material in the first asteroids to be
> mined.

Bulk mining of platinum-group metals, to be shipped
down to Earth for resale on the commodity market.
Grossly inefficient compared to options that become
available once techniques are refined and there exists
a market for delivering stuff to orbit.  OTOH, can pay
for an asteroid mining operation (and then some) before
either of those two things happen, and lays the
groundwork for those two things to subsequently happen.

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