Latest in Science

Image credit:

Larry Page's asteroid-mining firm launches its first satellite in July

34 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Planetary Resources hasn't had much success getting its asteroid-mining business off the ground, in a very literal sense -- it lost its first satellite, Arkyd-3, in the Antares rocket explosion last year. It's about to get a second try, though. The Larry Page-backed company has announced that its craft's follow-up, Arkyd 3 Reflight (aka Arkyd 3R), is scheduled to launch from the International Space Station in July. While the vehicle will spend just 90 days sending self-diagnostic info before it falls to Earth, it'll serve as a useful test run before the more ambitious Arkyd 6 starts wielding its scientific instruments in December. No, this isn't the long-promised space telescope, but it's an important early step.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
34 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

The 2019 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

The 2019 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

View
Instagram cracks down on app that snoops on private profiles

Instagram cracks down on app that snoops on private profiles

View
Ford’s Mustang Mach-E straddles the world of EVs, SUVs and muscle cars

Ford’s Mustang Mach-E straddles the world of EVs, SUVs and muscle cars

View
HP rejects Xerox buyout offer, at least for now

HP rejects Xerox buyout offer, at least for now

View
Google Maps will help you discover cities by following Local Guides

Google Maps will help you discover cities by following Local Guides

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr