A Scottish space company has announced plans for Britain's first asteroid mine mission
The Asteroid Mining Corporation (AMC) is seeking 2.3 million pounds to build a satellite that can identify platinum group metal deposits on near-Earth asteroids [1
APS1 is used to perform a spectral scan of asteroids to determine if they are "viable candidates" for mining.
The company, founded in 2016 by entrepreneur Mitch Hunter-Scullion, launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund the project.
The Hunter-Scullion company has calculated that a single 25-meter-diameter metallic asteroid contains approximately 29 tonnes of platinum worth approximately £ 725 million.
He said, "Our goal is to develop breakthrough technologies that will eventually enable the extraction, processing and use of materials that come from the many millions of asteroids that exist near Earth."
"The APS1 will be our first step towards this success."
"The APS1 will be a spectroscope space telescope that will collect data on target asteroids and serve as a test for some of our technologies that we later use for actual purposes Extending mining missions. "
Mr. Hunter-Scullion founded AMC after completing a dissertation on asteroid degradation at Liverpool Hope University.
He said, "When I researched it, I realized that there were very few companies that had mined an asteroid without them being in the UK.
" It was a topic that intrigued me Having finished my studies, I decided to start AMC and work on the development of technologies that open up the possibilities of a non-commercial market. "