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Re: Planetary Resources
« Reply #900 on: 12/05/2017 08:13 PM »
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James Orsulak of Planetary Resources in space resources panel session: we’re about 75 people now, growing to 125 for first 2020-21 deep space mission. #SpaceComExpo

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Re: Planetary Resources
« Reply #901 on: 12/19/2017 06:36 PM »


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How does Arkyd-6 help develop future Planetary Resources spacecraft?

Published on 18 Dec 2017
Arkyd-6 Project Lead Eric Blood discusses the lessons learned from building Arkyd-6. By operating Arkyd-6 in orbit, we hope to gain experience for the development of future spacecraft like the Arkyd-301. Read more here: https://www.planetaryresources.com/2017/12/how-does-arkyd-6-help-develop-future-planetary-resources-spacecraft/

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Re: Planetary Resources
« Reply #902 on: 01/05/2018 05:43 PM »


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Published on 3 Jan 2018 You care about the future of our planet. You traded in your gas-guzzling SUV for a Prius and your Keurig for a Coffee Maker -- and if enough of us do that, we’ll save the Earth, right? Well, we are dangerously close to collapsing our own ecosystem and we are running out of time. In this persuasive talk, James Orsulak argues that the only way to really make a difference is to look up. James Orsulak serves as the Director of Business Development at Planetary Resources, an asteroid mining company that has embarked on the world’s first commercial deep space exploration. The company focuses on technologies such as rocket propellant, water for life support functions, and construction materials sourced from asteroids. Previously, James spent a decade developing industrial-scale fueling stations on Earth. He is an avid gardener who lives in Denver with his amazing wife, 2-year-old twins and a rambunctious Goldendoodle named Waffles. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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Re: Planetary Resources
« Reply #903 on: 01/05/2018 06:16 PM »
FWIW they've raised at least $50M so far.
ok - $50M jives with 60 people.
And if it's all recent, let's see if they can put something together beyond a cubesat.  Lack of Money certainly won't be an excuse now.

I'll be happy to see a working telescope.

Probably 2x or more than 60 people.  LinkedIn shows at least 90 current employees of PR in Redmond.  And you have to figure that there are many more who have not put their profiles on LinkedIn or have not yet updated them to reflect working at PR.

Note:  PR's staff is not nearly as engineering-heavy as SpaceX's Redmond office.  As far as these kinds of companies go, SpaceX is insanely light on administration, marketing, etc.  One example:  SpaceX has quite a few electric propulsion folks on staff in Redmond while PR doesn't have any.

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Re: Planetary Resources
« Reply #904 on: 01/10/2018 07:06 PM »
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JANUARY 10, 2018
Countdown To The Arkyd-6 Launch & Its First Few Hours In Space

Our Arkyd-6 spacecraft will be riding as a secondary payload onboard the Indian Space Research Organization’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). The PSLV will launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Southern India.

About a half hour after the PSLV takes off, the fourth stage of the rocket will deploy Arkyd-6 into its target orbit. About 30 minutes after separation from the launch vehicle, Arkyd-6 will enable its communication system and start turning the solar panels towards the Sun to begin generating power. Arkyd-6 is entering a Sun-synchronous polar orbit around Earth. This means that the spacecraft is in an orbit that travels more North to South, rather than in an equatorial orbit that travels more West to East.

Arkyd-6 was designed to be autonomous in flight. In addition to some automated activities that will occur just after separating from the launch vehicle, the spacecraft was designed to complete all its critical functions such as attitude orientation towards the sun, power generation, and communication of critical data without ground intervention. Additionally, once we’ve commissioned Arkyd-6’s high-powered computer, the spacecraft will know its location over Earth and when an upcoming communication pass will occur so that it may automatically point its antenna to the ground station.

In our Mission Operations Center, we will be planning activities for our upcoming passes, executing those passes from our ground station, and reviewing spacecraft telemetry. During a pass, we will prescribe a set of commands to be transmitted to the spacecraft to accomplish specific actions such as uplinking communication windows, turning the spacecraft to a specific attitude, or downlinking the next mid-wave infrared image.

I’m really excited to get Arkyd-6 in space and to receive its first mid-wave infrared image.

Eric Blood
Arkyd-6 Project Lead
Planetary Resources

https://www.planetaryresources.com/2018/01/countdown-to-the-arkyd-6-launch-its-first-few-hours-in-space/


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Re: Planetary Resources
« Reply #905 on: 01/10/2018 08:20 PM »
I saw a post about DOT documents for SpaceX fairings and started wandering from there, randomly ran across this one for shipping Arkyd-6 to India (they needed an exemption from some rule about lithium ion battery testing).

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Re: Planetary Resources
« Reply #906 on: 01/12/2018 06:19 AM »
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Congratulations ISRO for the dazzling launch of PSLV-C40! Thank you for delivering Arkyd-6 into its target orbit!

https://twitter.com/planetaryrsrcs/status/951678557872316416

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Re: Planetary Resources
« Reply #907 on: 01/12/2018 07:14 AM »
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We received the first telemetry from Arkyd-6 in space and it is alive and well! #contact #itsalive #helloworld

https://twitter.com/PlanetaryRsrcs/status/951719157233541120

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