Origin Space

Chinese startup Origin Space has signed a contract with a satellite maker for development of an optical space telescope as a step toward future space resource utilization.

Created: 2020-12-23

Updated: 2023-09-03

Company - Origin Space

Founded
Country
2017
China
Funding
$22.1M+
Website
Origin Space
Social
Origin Space

Product/Service - NEO-X

Classification
Space Resources
Category
Resources - Asteroid Mining
Space Mining
Fields
Prospecting
Mining
Status
Development
First launch
2021

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.

NEO-X Space Mining Robot

The world's first satellite dedicated to mining technology for space resources. NEO-01 has verified a number of technologies that are also applicable to low-Earth orbit space garbage removal, asteroid resource mining, extraterrestrial planet defense and other fields

The company also plans a moon mission named NEO-2. A future “NEO-X” spacecraft would eventually attempt to capture a small asteroid.

"Yangwang Constellation" Space Telescope

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 world's first commercial optical\ultraviolet space telescope constellation. Launched successfully in June 2021, Yangwang-1 is China's first visible/UV light space telescope, and is currently the only large-field ultraviolet space probe in orbit around the world.

After repeated evaluation of the performance of Yangwang-1, it was awarded the official space telescope number by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Minor Planet Center. Yangwang-1 is the only space telescope in China that can perform astronomical observation, asteroid observation, and space debris observation etc..

At the same time, it has both night-time remote sensing monitoring capabilities, and the spatial resolution of the nighttime light satellite images obtained has reached less than 30 meters, which provides compelling nighttime remote sensing data for worldwide demand.

Product/Service - M2 Lunar Rover

Classification
Surface Spacecraft
Category
Commercial Rover
Fields
Lunar Rover
Moon
Status
Development
First launch
Not announced

M² Lunar Rover

The M² Lunar Rover will have a 200kg payload carrying multispectral imaging, elemental detection, sample return, and other equipment for commercial exploration of lunar resources and verification of mining technology.

Created: 2023-02-18

Updated: 2023-09-16

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