Let me play amongst the stars: Deep Space Industries and asteroid mining
“There is a possibility that we could actually replace mining on earth with space mining one day,” says Meagan Crawford, of Deep Space Industries.
Deep Space Industries (DSI) is a Huston based company that specialises in building and operating cutting edge spacecraft. The company develops technology solutions for government, scientific and commercial customers.
DSI has 14 founding fathers, some of the top scientists and space craft engineers in the world. They are chaired by Mr John Lewis, one of the most well-known space industry advocates in the world, author of Asteroid Mining 101, the man who ‘literally wrote the book’ on asteroid mining.
In 2014 these 14 founders were in attendance at a conference on space programs and asteroid mining and discovered they all shared a vision of how best to turn these ideas into reality.
“We are a mining and technology company but our primary purpose is to get the right supplies to the right place at the right time. We will supply space businesses with what they need to be successful,” explains Meagan.
Read the full interview on how DSI has been planning, building relationships, in order to make its mark on the world, before making a bigger one off it in the August issue of Mining Global Magazine!
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Codelco partners with Microsoft to extend digitisation
Chile's Codelco, the world's largest copper producer, has announced a deal with tech giant Microsoft to fast-track the digitisation of its sprawling mining operations, helping it extend automation and improve analytics.
The joint project with Microsoft will beef up the company's capacity to make its production processes more efficient and promote "sustainability" within its operations, Codelco said in a statement.
Codelco, like many Chilean miners, has fought in recent years to adopt new technologies to boost efficiency and keep down costs at its aging deposits, many of which suffer from declining ore grades.
"We are promoting profound changes so that different areas operate in a completely remote and automated way, reducing risks, improving productivity, safety and reliability of our operation," said company executive Alvaro Garcia.
Mining companies worldwide are pushing forward with plans to operate mines remotely, reducing the risk of accidents and boosting efficiency.
Codelco’s move towards automation however has led to confrontations with unions, who see it as a threat to their livelihoods. The company said the project with Microsoft will include a training component for the its workers.
The state-run miner has recently ramped up its use of technology to ensure its copper is 100% traceable, a vital step in reducing its carbon footprint and boosting sustainability within its operations.
Codelco’s CEO Octavio Araneda said that tracing copper through its mines would help the company more precisely measure progress on its social and environmental goals while providing proof to increasingly demanding customers of those efforts.
“We can now say that 100% of our products are traced…which will allow us to have a very strong transparency regarding our resource use footprint,” Araneda said.
The announcement comes amid a broader push by the company to reduce water consumption, recycle industrial waste and scale back carbon dioxide emissions by 2030.
Codelco said in a webinar that the tool it has developed to assure traceability will help assure those sustainability targets are met.
Soaring demand for electric vehicles, a key component in the global fight against climate change, has increased attention on the carbon footprint and sustainability of inputs such as copper, cobalt and lithium.