Google and James Cameron Mining at Asteroids. Planetary Resources is a new company founded by a very famous name, including a check without a doubt the people of the co-founder of Google, Larry Page, and its CEO, Eric Schmidt, but also director and visionary James Cameron. What is the purpose of this consortium will be unveiled tomorrow at a press conference held at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, but rumors are running faster now and has clarified more than doubt. This very ambitious project: the investment of billions of dollars, we will try to capture an asteroid and drag it to orbit the Earth, the space to be used as a quarry excavation of valuable resources such as minerals, especially iron and nickel.
As the earth’s resources are being depleted, Planetary Resources - the name of a program aiming to go to catch them on the loose in the area. Asteroids are giant rocks along the Earth and the Solar System, orbiting have tens of tons of valuable resources. So ambitious project: to send a probe to the asteroid that will take him to Earth.
Just saw Avatar James Cameron to understand why they are now focus on this project. In the film’s plot, there is even talk of the month from a distant planet, which is used as a quarry to be invaluable. Eliminate the Na’vi and the like, the idea of ??Planetary Resources is much more pragmatic and will direct for the pursuit and capture of an asteroid to be exploited. Google is very close to this issue and take part in the project with Eric Schmidt and Larry Page. There was also Peter Diamandis who founded the X-Prize.
High cost, 2.6 billion dollars, but not so as to make impossible. Imagine how much you spend to buy up Instagram (1 billion), or that Google has offered Groupon purchase (6 billion, received two spades), to understand that it is much more “economical” than you might think. In contrast, however, that revenue could be achieved may be hundreds of times more. It will take up to ten years to launch a probe to recover and bring the asteroid’s orbit. A reasonable time. Tomorrow we will tell you more details of this exciting project, which involves once again that James Cameron has recently dropped to -11 000 Mariana Fosse feet and was thought to Mars in 3D movies.