- ISRU, Raw Materials & Mining
- Resources - Asteroid Mining
- 3) Development
- First launch
Origin Space, founded by Su Meng and Yu Tianhong, describes itself as China’s first company dedicated to the exploration and utilization of space resources. It has reached cooperation agreements with a number of universities and research institutions, including the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) under CASC.
NEO-1, a scientific research and technology verification satellite developed by Shanghai ASES Spaceflight Technology Co. Ltd. (ASES) for Shenzhen-based Origin Space, a space resource utilization firm. The small satellite will test near Earth asteroid observation and prototype technology verification for space resource acquisition in low Earth orbit. The mission will carry out an active debris removal test, releasing a small, square, spiral-patterned target and subsequently attempt capture using a net system. The spacecraft will then lower its orbit using onboard electric propulsion. “The goal is to verify and demonstrate multiple functions such as spacecraft orbital maneuver, simulated small celestial body capture, intelligent spacecraft identification and control,” Yu Tianhong, an Origin Space co-founder, told IEEE Spectrum last year. NEO-1 also carries a large field of view camera and other imagers.
Origin Space is also aiming to launch the Yang Wang-1 (“Look up-1”) small ultraviolet and visible space telescope before the end of the year for detecting near Earth asteroids. The company also plans a moon mission named NEO-2. A future “NEO-X” spacecraft would eventually attempt to capture a small asteroid.
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