We are engineers from Planetary Resources. We quit our jobs at JPL, Intel, SpaceX, and Jack in the Box to join an asteroid mining company. Ask Us Anything.
Hi Reddit! We are engineers at Planetary Resources, an asteroid prospecting and mining company. We are currently developing the Arkyd 100 spacecraft, a low-Earth orbit space telescope and the basis for future prospecting spacecraft. We're running a Kickstarter to make one of these spacecraft available to the world as the first publicly accessible space telescope.
The following team members will be here to answer questions beginning at 10AM Pacific:
CL - Chris Lewicki - President and Chief Asteroid Miner / People Person
CV - Chris Voorhees - Vice President of Spacecraft Development / Spaceship Wrangler
PI - Peter Illsley - Principal Mechanical Engineer / Grill Operator
RR - Ray Ramadorai - Principal Avionics Engineer / Bit Lord
HG - Hannah Goldberg - Senior Systems Engineer / Principal Connector of Dotted Lines
MB - Matt Beasley - Senior Optical System Engineer and Staff Astronomer / Master of Photons
TT - Tom Taranowski - Software Mechanic and Chief Coffee Elitist
MA - Marc Allen - Senior Embedded Systems Engineer / Bit Serf
Feel free to ask us about asteroid mining, space exploration, engineering, space telescopes, our previous jobs and experiences (working at NASA JPL, Blue Origin, SpaceX, Intel, launching sounding rockets, building Spirit, Opportunity, Phoenix, Curiosity and landing them on Mars), getting tetanus from a couch, winemaking, and our favorite beer recipes! We’re all space nerds who want to excite the world about humanity’s future in space!
Edit 1: Verification
Edit 2: We're having a great time, keep 'em coming!
Edit 3: Thanks for all the questions, we're taking a break but we'll be back in a bit!
Edit 4: Back for round 2! Visit our Kickstarter page for more information about that project, ending on Sunday.
Edit 5: It looks like our responses and your new posts are having trouble going through...Standing by...
Edit 6: While this works itself out, we've got spaceships to build. If we get a chance we'll be back later in the day to answer a few more questions. So long and thanks for all the fish!
Edit 7: Reddit worked itself out. As of of 4:03 Pacific, we're back for 20 minutes or so to answer a few more questions
Edit 8: Okay. Now we're out. For real this time. At least until next time. We should probably get back to work... If you're looking for a way to help out, get involved, or share space exploration with others, our Space Telescope Kickstarter is continuing through Sunday, June 30th and we have tons of exciting stretch goals we'd love to reach!