Mining Asteroids

By Mark S. Kuhar

Deep Space Industries announced its plans to fly the world’s first commercial interplanetary mining mission. Prospector-1 will fly to and rendezvous with a near-Earth asteroid, and investigate the object to determine its value as a source of space resources. This mission is an important step in the company’s overall plans to harvest and supply in-space resources to support the growing space economy.

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The Most Famous Abandoned Quarry in America

By Mark S. Kuhar

What is the most famous abandoned quarry in the United States? You could argue it is the Bellwood Quarry in northwest Atlanta, a former Vulcan Materials site.

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Interstate Highway System Turns 60

As the U.S. Interstate Highway System turns 60 years old, it faces increasing congestion, unprecedented levels of travel – particularly by large trucks – and insufficient funding to make needed repairs and improvements.  

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Caterpillar Sponsors NASA Robotic Mining Competition

On May 18-20, the seventh annual NASA Robotic Mining Competition was held at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Titusville, Fla. More than 45 university-level teams designed and built remote controlled mining robots to traverse a simulated Martian terrain.

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Excavator in 3-D

DSC04022ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017 and IFPE are teaming up to unveil the world’s first fully functional 3-D printed construction excavator and the first large-scale use of steel in 3-D printing, known as additive manufacturing. The excavator, which will be on display at the joint trade shows in March 2017, will bring to life how technology is transforming the construction industry in line with the show’s 2017 theme, “Imagine What’s Next.” In addition to the pre-printed excavator, show attendees will see a second excavator printing live on the show floor.

 

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