The idea essentially consists of extracting the raw materials found in asteroids. This sounds a bit like the space-tourism pipe dream of the past but could be even more far-fetched. We have never been able to bring any materials back down to Earth to be processed, apart from a few hundred kilograms of samples from the Moon and milligrams of particles collected from the tail of a comet and an asteroid. Nor are we able to build a mine near or on the surface of an asteroid.
In fact, other companies have since absorbed Deep Space Industries and Planetary Resources,, both founded in 2012. They were created in response to an announcement from the Obama Administration regarding a NASA mission to study methods for redirecting asteroids.
Space Industry Applications
Manufacture products in orbit.
Carry out scientific and technical research in space.
Observe the behaviour of the Earth
Facilitate the communication on Earth.
Defend the Earth´s safety from space.
Extract new materials in space.
Create new drugs in space.
Create space tourism activities.
Create new ways of reaching space.