New kind of aerospace company dedicate to building the “transcontinental railroad of space”.
Service - Worker Bee
- In-Space Transportation
- Resources - Asteroid Mining
Propellant Refuel Station
- Refueling Station
- 3) Development
- First launch
NASA Selected NIAC Phase III for Mini Bee Prototype to Demonstrate the Apis Mission Architecture and Optical Mining. Technology This flight demonstration mission concept proposes a method of asteroid resource harvesting called optical mining. Optical mining is an approach for excavating an asteroid and extracting water and other volatiles into an inflatable bag. Called Mini Bee, the mission concept aims to prove optical mining, in conjunction with other innovative spacecraft systems, can be used to obtain propellant in space. The proposed architecture includes resource prospecting, extraction and delivery.
TransAstronautica, a startup founded by Joel Sercel, the former Momentus chief technology officer, is raising money for a competing space logistics venture. TransAstra’s business plan starts with transportation for satellites in orbit and extends to refueling rockets with resources harvested from asteroids.
ReOrbit and TransAstra sign spacecraft development and logistics contracts. Under these contracts, TransAstra will provide mission definition and engineering analysis for TransAstra's Worker Bee orbital transfer vehicles to deliver ReOrbit's customer satellites to Low Earth Orbit, Medium Earth Orbit, Geostationary Orbit, and Cis-Lunar orbits.
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