Space dirt and rocks could be the next great commodity.
Asteroid mining may indeed begin the next decade or maybe in a few more years as the commercial space mining company Deep Space Industries will launch its asteroid-surveying spacecraft in 2020.
NASA is funding an in-space manufacturing company, Made In Space, to see how asteroids can be turned in an autonmous off-Earth mining spacecraft.
DSI and Luxembourg signed an MoU stating their willingness to cooperate to develop asteroid mining tecnhologies.
Planetary Resources, a company aimed at developing the technology to mine asteroids, announced a new goal to its wildly successful Kickstarter campaign that, should the campaign reach $1.7 million, would allow individuals everywhere to help spot potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs).