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  • asteroid mining using a solar powered rover

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    Mr. Sharad Chopra, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, India


    Dr. Ugur Guven, United States


    Mr. Abbishek G, India


    Mr. Rohan Kulkarni, India



    The looming dearth of the earthy materials has surged up as an imperative issue demanding an urgent relief. The Near-Earth Asteroids (NEA) have been discovered to be an indispensable aid to this dispute of society. Since asteroids are composed of volatiles, minerals, hydrocarbons and their isotopes, which can be subjugated with the employment of present technology, hard rock drilling mechanism, these assist to be one of the most impeccable solution being approachable and economically feasible. This paper discusses about the mining of NEA, briefing about the technical and scientific methods employed to reach and mine an asteroid and also mandates about the approach involved to deliver the extracted materials back to earth using a solar powered mining rover. Asteroids being micro-gravity planetoids raise a high degree of intricacy in extracting them. Targeting mineral rich NEA a solar powered mining rover, which has been made to adhere to the surface of asteroid by burrowing anti-rotational screws, would mine the asteroid to dig out the minerals and would accumulate them in matrix chambers, made of high thermal and radiation resistant lightweight materials possessing high strength. Mechanical approach has been gabbed about in order to drill the asteroid and excavate the resources and hence forth a push mechanism has been briefed that would allow it to transport the materials back onto earth. The extraction of such affluent minerals which are metals such as iron (Fe), nickel (Ni), silicon (Si), silver (Au), platinum (Pt) and many more and as well elite gases such as carbon monoxide (CO), oxygen (O_2), nitrogen (N_2) and many more from NEAs would help the society to reestablish the minerals that will be on brink of extinction in coming decade so as to provide the future peers with valuable goods. These minerals are vital resources of propellants, semiconductors, industrial metals and lively gases which could be used to produce goods that are economically very treasured and are very much required in space industry and manufacturing industry, thus expanding the economic boundaries of society. The paper also lays down the important aspects involved in deployment of the rover, landing at the asteroid and mission objectives relating mining. A general approach has been employed to accomplish the mining of an asteroid so as to curtail the complexity involved in space missions keeping the in mind the economic margins and scientific competencies of present technology.
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