HOUSTON — Planetary Resources Inc., a high-powered investor group with deep roots in the Internet, software and aerospace industries, plans a long-term commercial effort to profit from robotically identifying and prospecting for water, precious metals and other raw materials on near-Earth asteroids (NEAs). The Seattle-based company’s initial mission, the launch of its first multi-purpose space telescope for NEA surveys and compatible technology demonstrations, the Arkyd-100, could ...

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