Language in a new commercial space law that grants companies rights to resources they extract from asteroids and other solar system bodies provides them with some certainty, but they acknowledge that the law is likely not the last word on the issue.
Should a proposed probe to a metallic asteroid win NASA funding next year, Space Systems/Loral will provide the spacecraft structure and propulsion system.
NASA has kicked off a two-step competition for the spacecraft bus to be used for a proposed mission to haul a chunk of an asteroid to lunar space for astronauts to visit later, according to a procurement note posted online Oct. 20.
The nonprofit B612 Foundation says it is continuing efforts to develop a space telescope to search for near-Earth asteroids despite fundraising challenges and a recent NASA decision to terminate a cooperative agreement.
We might see the danger of asteroid impact, fatalistically, as a matter of chance, like predicting the weather a decade hence. However, this is not so: we should be able to identify and track essentially all of the bodies that will strike Earth catastrophically.
More than a year after the National Research Council (NRC) completed a report outlining different approaches to human space exploration, NASA’s advisers are asking the space agency to provide a formal response.
Within the past year, two multinational groups have been established to prepare for planetary defense — protecting Earth from any damaging asteroid impact.
The International Space Station deployed a three-unit cubesat from its satellite dispenser for a 90-day mission meant help an aspiring asteroid-mining company make progress toward its long-term goal of extracting resources from space rocks.
NASA has at last confirmed something that seemed implicit until it was not: That redirecting an asteroid sample to lunar orbit is indeed the goal of the agency’s proposed Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM).
A B612 Foundation official said its proposed Sentinel space telescope could detect up to 80 percent of potentially hazardous near-Earth objects (NEOs) at least 40 meters in diameter within 10 years of launch.
Picking an option for the robotic portion of its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) allows NASA to proceed with development, but does not appear to have won over those skeptical of the mission’s overall utility.
NASA has selected an option for its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) where a robotic spacecraft will grab a boulder from the surface of a larger asteroid, agency officials announced March 25.
NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), which has appeared to be in limbo in recent months, should reach a key review within the next month, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said March 11 at the Goddard Memorial Symposium.
Altius Space Machines President and CEO Jonathan Goff offers 10 reasons why NASA's nearly universally disliked Asteroid Redirect Mission, or one like it, might be worthwhile.
As NASA continues to weigh two options for the robotic portion of its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), the agency’s advisers say they are still unconvinced about the general ARM concept and its relevance to the long-term goal of sending humans to Mars.
A NASA official on Jan. 7 offered one of the clearest reminders yet that the agency’s proposed Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) is more about technology development than actually sending a small asteroid to lunar orbit to be visited by astronauts next decade.
NASA has pushed back a widely anticipated decision on the design of its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) until January as it seeks to understand if the technology offered by one option is worth its additional complexity and cost.
NASA will decide Dec. 16 whether to shift a small asteroid into orbit around the Moon, or grab a boulder from a larger asteroid and move that to lunar orbit.