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Mining the moon: The 21st century gold rush

March 17, 2014

Five years ago, if you had brought up moon mining among geologists, “you would have been laughed out of the room,” said Gordon Osinski, founder and director of the Canadian Lunar Research Network, and an assistant professor of geology at the University of Western Ontario.

Times have changed. Mining on the moon and on asteroids, formerly the stuff of science fiction, is clearly in the sights of governments and, increasingly, private companies.


Drill developed by Canadian firm for moon would kick-start space mining industry

The Windsor Star
January 31, 2014

MONTREAL - A space drill developed by a firm based in Sudbury, Ont., could be boring for water on the moon in less than five years — if everything goes according to plan.

It would also signal the start of the space mining industry.


Sudbury firm wins key space contract

Sudbury Star
January 30, 2014

It would be a stretch to say he's over the moon, but Dale Boucher is certainly excited by the chance his company's drilling equipment could get on board for a lunar mission.

It's a possibility that edged nearer to a probability this week, as the Canadian Space Agency awarded a contract to Deltion Innovations of Sudbury to tailor its technology to moon-like conditions.


NASA Planning for Mission To Mine Water on the Moon

Space News
January 28, 2014

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Following a series of reconnaissance missions that found hydrogen and then water on the Moon, NASA is laying the groundwork for a lunar rover that would scout for subsurface volatiles and extract them for processing.

The heart of the proposed Resource Prospector Mission (RPM) is the Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen & Lunar Volatile Extraction (RESOLVE) payload, a technology development initiative that predates its official start two years ago in NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate’s Advanced Exploration Systems Division.


Sudbury space pioneers cheer on Rosetta probe

The Sudbury Star
January 23, 2014

It may not be a giant leap for mankind or even a small step for mining — not yet, anyway — but word that the Rosetta spacecraft is on track to reach a distant comet is certainly of interest to space-mining pioneers in Sudbury.

"It's going to touch down on the surface and extract a sample with a lander-mounted drill," said Dale Boucher, CEO of Deltion Innovations Ltd. "So, what this does is move the prospecting as we know it into a more common, everyday occurrence."


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