The political and expansionist ambitions of China are not hidden from anyone. For this, he is taking steps to move rapidly not only in business but also in Space Research. In this, a unique expedition to Mars is preparing rapidly to take steps like its own International Space Station in space. Now in this episode, China is now also preparing for the mining of an asteroid.
First excavator robot
In November this year, China is preparing to send the world's first excavation robot into space. Origin Space, a private company in Beijing, will launch this ambitious project. This robot has been named Asteroid Mining Robot. Despite this name, this robot will not work for excavation.
What will be its work
The primary task of this campaign will be to do a preliminary assessment in which field testing of techniques related to asteroid excavation will be done. The campaign will be named NEO1 and will be launched as the second payload of China's Long March rocket. This spacecraft falls under the category of light vehicles, which will weigh only 30 kg.
What is the goal
This special spacecraft of China will orbit 500 km above the Earth. Origin space co-founder Yu Tianhong told in an interview with IEEE Spectrum, "Our goal is to confirm and demonstrate multiple functions of such orbiting spacecraft. It also includes moving into small astronomical bodies, intelligent spacecraft detection and control there.”
Many things are happening on the real progress in this campaign because such efforts have never been done before. The company insists that this campaign is only to find a possibility and not to excavate. If it succeeds, it could be a multi-billion dollar industry.
It sounds science fantasy
The campaign feels like an episode of a science fantasy show with a clash of intergalactic powers. Most of the space has not yet been detected, but now efforts have been intensified in this matter.
Where traders like Elon Musk are constantly talking about settlements on Mars, Russia is describing Venus as their planet. The extracurricular activities are going to be interesting in the coming years. At the same time, NASA has also announced that it would like to buy moon items from private companies in the future.
For scientists, where this field is full of immense research opportunities, now the business opportunities for billionaires are also increasing. Who has rights over space and things there and who has the right to sell them has also become a matter of debate? Many scientists are not in favor of space privatization, but after this excavation campaign, such debates may not matter that much.