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Mining the Moon and other solar bodies.

I have ideas for every component needed to start a mining the mineral bodies of our solor system. I is self contained, modular (Scalable) and robust enough to handle more than just one environment. The solar body to be mined must have at Iron amd other allows that would allow the system to create shells capable of surviving an Earth reentry.

I have rough ideas of mineral needs and lunar minerology, An exoert in this area would be a great addition.

I was trained as an IT project manager by NASA trainers, but I am no rocket scientist.

Help me flesh out my concept.

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    Jan 17 2013: Eric, how are you planning to achieve a financial return on investment with such project?

    Especially, considering the astronomic costs of sending anything to the moon (and further).
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    Jan 18 2013: Aerospace engineer, at your service. I'm happy to provide feedback for specific questions. Like Mr. Desjardins, I am curious about your business model.
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    Jan 18 2013: Stop what you are doing and watch the TED Talk Mr. Pinter has linked in his comment below.
  • Jan 18 2013: right Michael the fantastic costs are always limiting
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    Jan 18 2013: I have two observations:

    1) there is enough iron on Earth for Earth's needs, and
    2) the minerals acquired from space mining are much more valuable used in space, to build future space facilities without having to transport resources out of Earth's gravity well.

    Not only is there no need for those resources on Earth, bringing them to Earth is counter-indicated.
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    Jan 18 2013: Take it one step at a time;
    Step one. Robotic mining of the deep ocean floor: the volcanoes there product lots of rare earth metals, that will and found the next step.
    Step two. High speed data communications to moon: this would allow $ per hour robotic tourism, again that will found the next step.
    Step three. Take lesions from one and two and apply them to moon mining.