MISSION OVERVIEW

1 Space Mining Mission Overview

Launch a 500 kg satellite in a RideShare Configuration into Low Earth Orbit.

2 Space Mining Mission Overview

Deploy a solar pumped laser of high efficiency.

3 Space Mining Mission Overview

Use the laser to propel the spacecraft to an Earth-crossing asteroid that periodically returns to near Earth. (the asteroid is chosen at the time of launch from the 600,000 such asteroids)

4 Space Mining Mission Overview

Arrive at the asteroid and use the solar pumped laser to cut through the surface of the asteroid and cause gold to selectively deposit on to a ribbon of ultra-thin glass which is wound into a return capsule

5 Space Mining Mission Overview

When the capsule is filled, and when the Earth is accessible in a close distance again, the capsule is sent back to Earth using the same laser beam to propel and power the capsule on the return journey.

6 Space Mining Mission Overview

Receive the return capsule at Holloman AFB in the USA

7 Space Mining Mission Overview

Offer the gold exclusively for SGOLD.