Planetary Society Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Vaughn and host Planetary Society Director of Projects Bruce Betts had a Google Hangout with Chris Lewicki, President of Planetary Resources, about their upcoming Arkyd telescopes including one for the public, asteroid mining, and more. Planetary Resources has already raised $1.2 million via an ongoing Kickstarter campaign to make one of their ARKYD space telescopes available for public use. We talked to Chris about the ARKYD telescopes, asteroid mining, and asteroids in general.
The video of the hangout is below.
The ARKYD 100 is the first private space telescope, to be operated in low-Earth orbit. It is a stepping-stone to the larger spacecraft planned to be used by Planetary Resources for asteroid prospecting.
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