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#1    UM-Bot

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 12:53 PM

The Bigelow Aerospace Inc. chief is calling for the rights to conduct mining operations on the moon.

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Private space companies may soon be paving the way towards a whole new industry of space-based mining operations, that is according to Robert Bigelow who has called on the US government to provide lunar mining rights to companies that help to develop new technologies for NASA.

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 01:51 PM

I honestly think the moon should be left alone. It is a vital part of our ecosystem. And should not be owned by anyone but everyone.


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Posted 14 November 2013 - 02:05 PM

View PostDanG1988, on 14 November 2013 - 01:51 PM, said:

I honestly think the moon should be left alone. It is a vital part of our ecosystem. And should not be owned by anyone but everyone.

Mining and/or using it as a launchpad for long range space missions would have no effect on its important influence on our ecosystem.   It is inevitable that the moon be occupied by mankind and there does need t be some kind of governing body overseeing that growth.  The UN, while semingly a logical choice, is so irredeemably corrupt that putting it in charge would cripple any efforts tpo exploit the moon's assets.  It would have to be a consortium of spacefaring nations.

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 04:15 PM

Given the cost involved, they better hope they find diamonds, gold and platinum to get a return on their investment.


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Posted 14 November 2013 - 06:54 PM

View PostSundew, on 14 November 2013 - 04:15 PM, said:

Given the cost involved, they better hope they find diamonds, gold and platinum to get a return on their investment.

Concur but  hey, they are in business and are assuming the cost and the risks, not the taxpayers so over to them.  Not sure what their goal is what the attraction is burt apparently there is something up there that Bigelow believes is worth the capital and risk.  Helium 3?  I know the moon has alot of it but from what I have read it isn't exactly easy to recover.

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 11:41 PM

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 05:38 AM

What gives the US rights to give out mining rights?


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Posted 15 November 2013 - 06:04 AM

View PostChooky88, on 15 November 2013 - 05:38 AM, said:

What gives the US rights to give out mining rights?
What doesn't?


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Posted 15 November 2013 - 07:03 AM

He is quite concerned about the Chinese is Mr Bigelow. I see an interview with him where he was talking about the Chinese claiming ownership of the moon within the next 5 - 10 yrs. It sounded unlikely, but on second thoughts it probably isn't.....he does strike me as someone who obviously he doesn't say much, but it's worth listening when he does.


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Posted 15 November 2013 - 07:17 AM

A Chinese claim on the moon would be in character, but I don't think would succeed.


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Posted 15 November 2013 - 07:49 AM

View PostFrank Merton, on 15 November 2013 - 07:17 AM, said:

A Chinese claim on the moon would be in character, but I don't think would succeed.

In practical terms it probably wouldn't amount to a great deal in the short term, but as a psychological exercise it would be massive for them, and one huge kick in the teeth for everyone else.


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Posted 15 November 2013 - 07:58 AM

View PostSky Scanner, on 15 November 2013 - 07:49 AM, said:



In practical terms it probably wouldn't amount to a great deal in the short term, but as a psychological exercise it would be massive for them, and one huge kick in the teeth for everyone else.

As they are a signatory of the UN Outer Space treaty they would be breaking international law. No nation may lay claim to any celestial body.

Companies and individuals lay claim to mining rights is a bit of a grey area.

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 09:56 AM

I bet you will loose more than you will make. Pathetic idea


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Posted 15 November 2013 - 10:08 AM

View PostWaspie_Dwarf, on 15 November 2013 - 07:58 AM, said:

As they are a signatory of the UN Outer Space treaty they would be breaking international law. No nation may lay claim to any celestial body.

Companies and individuals lay claim to mining rights is a bit of a grey area.
Now that is interesting.  I wonder if they signed on when it seemed the Americans were going to have a monopoly in space.  Of course America lost interest, so now they may be having second thoughts.


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Posted 15 November 2013 - 10:16 AM

Good I like this idea, it may open the way to develop cheaper technology to get us to outer space.

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