Commercial space ping.
Mining....an asteroid.....for WATER....
Since NASA will be occupied with its outreach program to the Muslim world I’m glad someone will have a space program.
There is a question of sovereignty. Who owns these asteroids?
Unless they have some new type of propulsion, there is no way that this could possibly be cost effective. The cost of fuel it takes to even leave Earth is ridiculous, unless they somehow manufacture their hardware in space...which I think would be more practical in the long run. Get a huge station/factory up in orbit in about 100 pieces, put it together, get staff up there, start constructing hardware.
We should start on the moon. It’s the closest thing, and *relatively* easy to get to should a rescue need to happen. Better that than out at the Kuiper Belt to start.
For years I have wanted one or more of the tech boom billionaires to dump some money into space technology. Looks like it is finally happening. About time we started making moves to spread beyond this planet.