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APIS (Asteroid Provided In-Situ Supplies): 100MT Of Water from a Single Falcon 9

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APIS (Asteroid Provided In-Situ Supplies): 100MT Of Water from a Single Falcon 9
Asteroid Provided In-Situ Supplies (Apis) is a breakthrough architecture and mission concept using thin-film structures and anidolic optics to provide highly-concentrated solar power for asteroid ISRU and solar thermal propulsion. This new architecture includes a powerful new ISRU method we call “Optical Mining”. Our anidolic optical mining technique is orders of magnitude faster, lighter, and cheaper than electrically-based ISRU process and avoids robotic augers, harpoons, and asteroid landing systems that will not work due to the dust-rich, micro-g, friable, and heterogeneous nature of asteroids. More »

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