science art | acrylic and oil pastel on canvas, 110X160cm
Planetary Resources Inc The Asteroid Mining Company by Oliver Sin
I made this science art picture about the Planetary Resources Inc. It’s company who started a revolution in the field asteroid mining. This alliance between scientists and billionaires will change the political construction of our society, because they will possess more resources from the space, than all other firms or governments can have in the next hundred years.
Space mining, asteroid mining – may sound even familiar, provided you know E.E. Smith’s Lensman series. Well, science-fiction may become real, as Planetary Resources announced that it’s going to mine outa space, so to say.
And why would they do that? Well, most of the precious metals and minerals on Earth derive from asteroid impacts, not to mention that their concentration in asteroids can be multiple hundred times higher than here on Earth. Modern technology and luxury craft uses gold, platinum, rhodium, iridium, ruthenium, and osmium – all which are rare and expensive. But what if we had a near infinite supply of them?
Yet, even of a greater value is the water these asteroids may contain. As boosting water into the space is very costly, it would reduce the cost of space missions by a lot if there was a space water-source. And from that water even hydrogen could be made, which is one component of the rocket fuel (the other is oxygen). So mining asteroids seems absolutely reasonable.
And that is what Planetary Resources thinks too. First they try to find the richest asteroids for mining with their Arkyd-100 space telescopes. Then, the promising candidates are examined by the Arkyd-200s. The swarm of Arkyd-300 series will finalize the selection taking complementary measurements. After that, the mining process can start. How? Well, it still needs some further research, but it is surely worth the efforts.
Planetary Resources Inc. with the staff: Eric Anderson, Peter H. Diamandis, Chris Lewicki, Chris Voorhees, James Cameron, Thomas D. Jones, General T. Michael Moseley, Sara Seager, Mark V. Sykes, David Vaskevitch, John K. Villa, John S. Lewis, Eric E. Schmidt, K. Ram Shriram, Charles Simonyi, Larry Page, Ross Perot.
10th March 2027
acrylic and oil pastel on canvas, 110X160cm