Planetary Resources is a company with aspirations to be the world’s first asteroid-miners. Launched Tuesday in Seattle, they have the financial backing of Microsoft and Google billionaires, James Cameron (yes, that James Cameron) and Ross Perot Jr.
Russia has announced an advanced nuclear powered interplanetary propulsion system that should be ready by 2017 and will power a ship capable of long-haul missions by 2025.
Io9 has a fantastic gallery of some concept art that includes detailed futuristic cities, amazing airships, and haunting landscapes. (more…)