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Robotic Asteroid Prospector (RAP) Staged from L-1: Start of the Deep Space Economy

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Project Introduction

Robotic Asteroid Prospector (RAP) project will examine and evaluate the feasibility of asteroid mining in terms of means, methods, and systems.

The objectives of the Robotic Asteroid Prospector (RAP) project are to examine and evaluate the feasibility of asteroid mining in terms of means, methods, and systems. This study decomposes the challenge of asteroid mining into four key efforts: Mission design, including trajectory and logistics from an Earth-Moon Lagrange Point (EMLP) to the asteroid and return to that EMLP, Spacecraft design including propulsion and Mission operations, Mining technology for microgravity and vacuum operations, and How these efforts can add up to a business case for asteroid mining.

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