AstroForge

Our mission is to make space resources accessible on Earth. We mine asteroids to extract valuable minerals in space at a lower cost and smaller carbon footprint than the current terrestrial mining methods.

Created: 2022-04-16

Updated: 2023-12-28

Company - AstroForge

Founded
Country
2022
USA
Funding
$13M
Website
AstroForge
Social
AstroForge

Product/Service

Classification
Space Resources
Category
Space Mining
Resources - Asteroid Mining
Fields
Asteroids
Mining
Beneficiation
Materials to Earth
Status
Development
First launch
2024
Partners
Orbital Astronautics

AstroForge is an asteroid mining company. Instead of bringing back the entire asteroid, we break it up, refine, and return only what’s valuable.

Y Combinator startup Astroforge wants to succeed where other companies have failed, by becoming the first to mine an asteroid and bring the material back to Earth — and it’s aiming to do so as early as the end of the decade.

Have developed an innovative technique to refine materials in-space — but for now, they’re staying mostly mum on what it involves, and how it solves the myriad technical challenges for which asteroid mining is so notorious. They were able to share that the technology requires a high-rated vacuum and to be in zero-G to work. Gialich also shared that it won’t involve landing on an asteroid, as Astroforge is targeting bodies in the 20 meter to 1.5 kilometer in diameter range, meaning that some will be so small that they won’t even have gravitational fields.

There are a few other clues to the company’s future plans, scant though they may be. By the sounds of it, they are targeting a relatively lightweight operation, likely with a payload less than 200 kilograms to take advantage of affordable rideshare launches to geosynchronous and lunar trajectories. They’re also going after asteroids high in concentrations of the six platinum-group metals, including platinum and iridium, rather than water, helium or other minerals.

The company has already lined up a partnership with OrbAstro to manufacture the first satellite for the demo mission, and Astroforge has also acquired a spot on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rideshare mission

Orbital Astronautics is building a 100kg-class spacecraft for AstroForge for an asteroid fly-by mission, scheduled for launch in Q4 2023 with Intuitive Machines on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. This is the first fully commercial deep-space mission ever. Using a Lunar slingshot and a Dawn Aerospace propulsion system, the spacecraft will journey to an asteroid ~22 million miles from Earth. The mission serves as both a prospecting activity and stepping-stone towards AstroForge’s ambitions for asteroid mining.

Initial CubeSat demonstration flight launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rideshare mission in 2023, but here considering the deep space asteroid mission.

Similar Organizations

Asteroid Mining Spacecraft

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining, Transport Service (Re-Entry)

AMi Exploration (ARCA Space, Asteroid Mining Program)

Development

Argonaut

Transport Service (LEO-Moon), Propellant Refilling, Space Mining

Argo Space

Development

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining

Asterank

Active

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining

Asteroid Initiatives

Concept

Asteroid Prospecting Satellite

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining

Asteroid Mining Corporation

Early stage

Asteromine

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining

Asteromine Corporation

Early stage

GALAGO

ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilization), Space Mining, Commercial Rover

Astronika

Concept

Austere Engineering

GROWLER

Space Mining, Resources - Asteroid Mining, Commercial Rover

Austere Engineering

Concept

Beyond Earth Resources

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining, ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilization)

Beyond Earth Resources

Dormant

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining

Canadian Space Mining Corporation

Early stage

In-Space Manufacturing, Space Mining

CemVita Factory

Development

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining, ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilization)

Deimos Space Resources

Concept

Geoengineering, Propellant Refilling, Propellant Refuel Station, Space Mining, Resources - Asteroid Mining

Ethos Space

Development

Active Debris Removal (ADR), Space Mining, ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilization)

ExLabs (Exploration Laboratories)

Development

Rotating Space Station (RSS)

Commercial Space Station, Space Mining

Exodus Star

Concept

Autonomous Transport Platform (ATP)

Space Mining, Resources - Asteroid Mining, Commercial Rover

Four Point

Development

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining, ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilization)

High Frontier Mining Corporation (HFMC)

Early stage

Raw Resources, Space Mining

Interstellar Mining

Early stage

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining

Karman+

Development

MoonHacker

Beyond-LEO Remote Sensing, Space Mining, Lunar Data Analytics

Lunar Station Corporation

Development

Rocket M

Space Mining, Resources - Asteroid Mining

Masten Space Systems (Rocket M, Astrobotic)

Concept

Microelectronica

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining, In-Space Manufacturing

Microelectronica

Concept

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining

Minespace

Early stage

Space Mining, Space Resources, Lunar Excavator

Moog

Concept

Commercial Rover, Space Mining

Moon Industry

Early stage

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining

Moonrise Mining

Dormant

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining

NEADL (Near Earth Asset Discovery Labs)

Early stage

Space Resources, Space Mining, Resources - Asteroid Mining

Neamine

Early stage

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining

NEORA Resource Atlas

Dormant, Early stage

Surveyor, Excavator, Collector, Hauler, Dozer

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Commercial Rover, Space Mining

OffWorld

Development

NEO-X

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining

Origin Space

Development

Space Mining, Resources - Asteroid Mining

Oshkosh Corporation

Concept

Arkyd

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining

Planetary Resources

Cancelled

In-Space Manufacturing, Landing Pads, Space Mining

Redwire

Development

Commercial Rover, Hardware, ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilization), Space Mining, Commercial Lander

Redwire (Deep Space Systems)

Concept

Space Robotics, Space Mining

Robotic Mining

Early stage

Commercial Rover, Space Mining, Beyond-LEO Remote Sensing, Lunar Data Analytics

Seven Sisters (Fleet Space)

Early stage

Oryx, Mini Space Brake (MSB)

Transport Service (Re-Entry), In-Space Manufacturing, Resources - Water, Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining, ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilization)

Shackleton Energy

Dormant

Suborbital Space Tourism, Resources - Asteroid Mining, Intra-Solar Banking, Space Mining

Skytech Holdings

Concept

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining, In-Space Manufacturing

SolSys Mining

Development

Space Resources, Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining, In-Space Manufacturing

SpaceGold

Early stage

Team AA-Star

Space Mining, Resources - Asteroid Mining

Team AA-Star

Concept

Team LIQUID

Space Mining, Resources - Asteroid Mining

Team LIQUID

Concept

Terra Engineering

Space Mining, Resources - Asteroid Mining

Terra Engineering

Concept

Worker Bee, Sutter Space Telescope

Space Tug, Space Situational Awareness (SSA), Resources - Asteroid Mining, Propellant Refuel Station, Space Mining, In-Space Manufacturing, ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilization), Propellant Refilling, Active Debris Removal (ADR)

TransAstra (Trans Astronautics Corporation)

Development

Luna-Crete, Constellation Vault

In-Space Manufacturing, Space Construction Company, Space Construction Equipment, Commercial Rover, Space Mining

Uplift Aerospace

Early stage

Space Mining, Resources - Asteroid Mining, Commercial Rover

USN Solar Sky Mining

Early stage

Asteroid Mining Spacecraft

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining, Transport Service (Re-Entry)

AMi Exploration (ARCA Space, Asteroid Mining Program)

Development

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining

Asterank

Active

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining

Asteroid Initiatives

Concept

Asteroid Prospecting Satellite

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining

Asteroid Mining Corporation

Early stage

Asteromine

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining

Asteromine Corporation

Early stage

Resources - Asteroid Mining

Astrum

Dormant

Resources - Asteroid Mining

Aten Engineering

Dormant

Austere Engineering

GROWLER

Space Mining, Resources - Asteroid Mining, Commercial Rover

Austere Engineering

Concept

Resources - Asteroid Mining

Beyond Atlas

Early stage

Beyond Earth Resources

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining, ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilization)

Beyond Earth Resources

Dormant

Resources - Asteroid Mining

BigDipper Exploration Technologies

Early stage

Blue Wonder Spacecraft

Resources - Asteroid Mining

Blue Asteroids

Concept

Square Rocket

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Microgravity Workspaces, Space Tug, Active Debris Removal (ADR)

Bradford Space (Deep Space Industries)

Development

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining

Canadian Space Mining Corporation

Early stage

Resources - Asteroid Mining

Caterpillar

Concept

Darkoob

Lightweight Pressurized Chamber (LEXICON)

Resources - Asteroid Mining, ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilization)

Darkoob

Concept, Dormant

Deep Space Industries

Xplorer, Prospector-1

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Tug, ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilization)

Deep Space Industries

Dormant

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining, ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilization)

Deimos Space Resources

Concept

Resources - Asteroid Mining

Deltion Innovations

Dormant

Geoengineering, Propellant Refilling, Propellant Refuel Station, Space Mining, Resources - Asteroid Mining

Ethos Space

Development

Resources - Asteroid Mining, ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilization)

Exponential Deep Space

Dormant

Autonomous Transport Platform (ATP)

Space Mining, Resources - Asteroid Mining, Commercial Rover

Four Point

Development

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining, ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilization)

High Frontier Mining Corporation (HFMC)

Early stage

Beyond-LEO Remote Sensing, Resources - Asteroid Mining, Hardware

Imensus

Early stage

Resources - Asteroid Mining, ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilization)

Insistent Galactic Operations (iGO)

Early stage

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining

Karman+

Development

Resources - Asteroid Mining

Lunar Resources Registry

Development

Resources - Asteroid Mining, ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilization)

Lunar Water Supply Company

Early stage

Rocket M

Space Mining, Resources - Asteroid Mining

Masten Space Systems (Rocket M, Astrobotic)

Concept

Microelectronica

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining, In-Space Manufacturing

Microelectronica

Concept

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining

Minespace

Early stage

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining

Moonrise Mining

Dormant

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining

NEADL (Near Earth Asset Discovery Labs)

Early stage

Space Resources, Space Mining, Resources - Asteroid Mining

Neamine

Early stage

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining

NEORA Resource Atlas

Dormant, Early stage

VentureMiner

Resources - Asteroid Mining

New Rocket Technologies

Dormant, Concept

ASTRAEUS, CYCLOPS

Resources - Asteroid Mining, ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilization)

Odysseus Space

Early stage

Surveyor, Excavator, Collector, Hauler, Dozer

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Commercial Rover, Space Mining

OffWorld

Development

NEO-X

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining

Origin Space

Development

Space Mining, Resources - Asteroid Mining

Oshkosh Corporation

Concept

Arkyd

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining

Planetary Resources

Cancelled

Lunar Excavation Vehicle

ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilization), Resources - Asteroid Mining, Lunar Data Center Network, Cislunar Space Logistics

Planetoid Mines Company

Early stage

Puli Lunar Rover

Commercial Rover, ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilization), Resources - Asteroid Mining

Puli Space

Development

Oryx, Mini Space Brake (MSB)

Transport Service (Re-Entry), In-Space Manufacturing, Resources - Water, Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining, ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilization)

Shackleton Energy

Dormant

Suborbital Space Tourism, Resources - Asteroid Mining, Intra-Solar Banking, Space Mining

Skytech Holdings

Concept

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Solar Power

Solar System Resources Corporation

Early stage

Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining, In-Space Manufacturing

SolSys Mining

Development

Space Resources, Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Mining, In-Space Manufacturing

SpaceGold

Early stage

Team AA-Star

Space Mining, Resources - Asteroid Mining

Team AA-Star

Concept

Team LIQUID

Space Mining, Resources - Asteroid Mining

Team LIQUID

Concept

Terra Engineering

Space Mining, Resources - Asteroid Mining

Terra Engineering

Concept

Worker Bee, Sutter Space Telescope

Space Tug, Space Situational Awareness (SSA), Resources - Asteroid Mining, Propellant Refuel Station, Space Mining, In-Space Manufacturing, ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilization), Propellant Refilling, Active Debris Removal (ADR)

TransAstra (Trans Astronautics Corporation)

Development

Droid

Active Debris Removal (ADR), On-Orbit Servicing, Resources - Asteroid Mining, Space Situational Awareness (SSA)

Turion Space

Development, Launched

Space Mining, Resources - Asteroid Mining, Commercial Rover

USN Solar Sky Mining

Early stage

Resources - Asteroid Mining

Vor-TechX

Early stage