If you watched the ScyFy channels “The Expanse” or read “Leviathan Wakes” you can probably relate to the upcoming technologies that will one day lead to mining colonies. Although that seems far into the future there are already companies that are devoted to that task. First and foremost is the Deep Space Industries.
“Deep Space Industries is an asteroid mining company, changing the economics of the space industry by providing the technical resources, capabilities and system integration required to prospect for, harvest, process, manufacture and market in-space resources. These resources, found on easily accessible near earth asteroids, will provide unlimited energy and supplies for a growing space economy. ” – Deep Space Industries
Perhaps one day we will see SpaceX launch a DSI mothership into space. Time will tell but I for one would love to see this technology jumpstarted.
Watch this great video on DSI: