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Power Receiver (communications) Stowed Aeroshells

Active Aeroshell

Active Mass Spectrometer

Lander Bus Lander Ready to Launch Filled Aeroshell (Lift Mechanism and Landing Gear Not Shown)

Robot

Mass Spectrometer

Aeroshell Receiver

Power Receiver

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! Aeroshells

Power Receiver

Robots

Mass Spectrometers

MEMS Propulsion Lander Bus Lander Stowed

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! Aeroshell Return Vehicle Stack

Robot Storage

Mass Spectrometers

Power Receiver Lander Bus

Lander Exploded View

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Self Contained Little Dog Debra Tobin, CMU 2007

Robot Snake Doctor Gavin Miller 1998

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An eight legged dog with a snake like snout and tail provide up to a 30 meter reach for the mobile landing bus. The landing bus operates up to 30 kilometers from the power bus and main transport. The snake touches the surface it is mining with a hollow tube equipped with MEMS based plasma handling rings throughout its length. A powerful shortwave laser beam is directed out of the end of the tube onto a millimeter sized spot. Under the action of the shortwave laser a cubic millimeter of rock vaporizes into charged plasma. The plasma is processed as it moves toward the mass spectrometer. There a charged reectron performs the nal separation which segregates the desired species from the tailings. These tailings will be deposited in well dened locations and recorded for later retrieval. Desired species include the platinum metal group including gold. Tailings include valued metals for use in space. Metals like aluminum, iron and nickel. The dog is capable of moving along the length of the snake. In effect lengthening its tail and shortening its snout. The landing bus is also capable of coiling the snake for easy transport. 30 meters Return Aeroshell Earth Return

Laser Plume Snake Fine Movement Plasma

Robot Dog Gross Movement Mass Spectrometer

Energy/m3! 8,400 kWh!

$/kWh! ! $0.08/kWh! 2,400 m3/day! $/m3!! LL-Chondrite! $ 152.30! $ 700.24! $ 20.56! $ 354.78! $ 377.77! $2,750.13! $ 17.82!

$/m3 $672/m3 17 years to process ALL $/m3! Iron!


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Tailings

Energy: ! !

Production Rate: ! 888 MW!! Metal! ! ! ! $/m3!! H-Chondrite ! $ 49.62!! $233.41!! $ 6.61!! $114.35! ! $122.78!! $890.75!! $ 5.60! !

$/m3 ! Earth! $0.01! $0.21! $0.02! $0.04! $0.03! $0.33! $0.02!

MT/yr Earth 12 3 24 1 3 30 2800

Landing Bus Planetary Movement

Ruthenium! Rhodium ! Palladium! Osmium!! Iridium ! ! Platinum ! Gold! !

$ 183.95! $ 848.77! $ 24.24! $ 425.15! $ 440.73! $3,228.90! $ 3.06!

Totals! ! $/m3! ! kg/day! ! tonne/year!

H-Chondrite ! $1,423.12! 163.0! ! 59.5! !

LL-Chondrite! $4,373.65! 503.4! ! 183.8! !

Iron!

Earth $0.67 0.15 0.06

$5,154.85! 576.5! ! 210.6! !

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Metal! !

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Useful Mass! H-Chondrite ! 12.2 MT/yr! 2.3 MT/yr! 9.5 MT/yr! 8.2 MT/yr! 8.2 MT/yr! 16.8 MT/yr! 2.3 MT/yr! 59.5 MT/yr!

Useful Mass! LL-Chondrite! 374. MT/yr! 6.9 MT/yr! 29.5 MT/yr! 25.5 MT/yr! 69.1 MT/yr! 52.0 MT/yr! 20.2 MT/yr! 183.9 MT/yr!

Useful Mass! Iron! ! 45.2 MT/yr! 8.4 MT/yr! 34.7 MT/yr! 83.5 MT/yr! 80.6 MT/yr! 61.0 MT/yr! 7.4 MT/yr! 210.6 MT/yr

Pct.! /year!

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Pct.! /year!

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Pct. /year 312.0% 231.4% 122.7% 2,545% 841.5% 173.2% 0.26%

Ruthenium! Rhodium ! Palladium! Osmium!! Iridium ! ! Platinum ! Gold! ! Total! !

101.7%! ! 77.1%! ! 39.4%! ! 820.5%! ! 273.5%! ! 56.1%! ! 0.08%! !

854.4%! ! 633.6%! ! 336.0%! ! 6,969%! ! 2,304%! ! 474.2%! ! 0.72%! !

25143 Itokawa LL Chondrite

Synodic Period: !2.92 a Metal! ! ! ! MT/ARV! $/ARV ! (millions) 129.78! 4.46! 80.28! 59.97! 58.98! 249.90! 5.02! $ 462.67 $ 394.39 $ 49.13 $ 732.67 $ 773.69 $11,593.59 $ 10.65

Ruthenium! Rhodium ! Palladium! Osmium!! Iridium ! ! Platinum ! Gold! ! Total:! !

588.40! $14,016.79 17.02 a 6 $81,605.73 (millions)

Processing:! ARV Count:! Overall Value:!

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1500 mm 2400 mm

Aeroshell Return Vehicle 950 mm 4000 mm

Iron/Nickel Propellant

Platinum Group

Laser Receiver

Aeroshell

MEMS Propulsion Ring

Aeroshell Return Vehicle

888 m Laser 888 MWp

30,000 m

Lander

560 m

Concentrator

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