To me, even more audacious than the claim that the company will mine asteroids was co-founder Peter Diamandis’ claim that Planetary Resources is already “a positive cash-flow company.”
“We’re the first to admit this is a long term endeavour,” says Lewicki. “Despite the fact that we have the backing of wealthy funders, it’s irresponsible to just throw money away. We’re building a business, not performing a stunt.”
From Space Telescopes To Robot Swarms
“Enough people solving that problem [of space launches] that we don’t need to solve it, too. We can do what we need to do with cost of launches today. Our plans are only going to be enhanced by the face that costs are going down,” said Lewicki.
How To Mine An Asteroid
“The short answer is that it will take prospecting and in situ spacecraft to determining the most effective way to extract those resources,” said Lewicki.