Establishing a natural supply chain for the future space mining industry.
Many organizations have and are currently embarking on the challenge of asteroid mining. Having to account for nearly all links in the supply chain, from object detection, scanning, spacecraft development, rendezvous and capture, transport, and resource extraction, all the way through refining and commercial terminal development.
Our focus is on solving one key link, providing access to raw natural resources in close proximity to Earth for all operators. This will enable the rapid expansion of scientific research, exploration and industrialization technologies and operations.
ExLabs is developing a new generation of spacecraft intended to utilize the total capacity of the new super heavy-lift 100-ton payload capacity of the SpaceX Starship. Our vehicles are designed for coupling and maintaining control of an object to enable trajectory alterations and redirection into easily-accessible parking orbits. Our long-term goal is to establish low-cost rapid-pace manufacturing capacity of asteroid acquisition vehicles that will sustain an emerging market for resource management in space.
Early asteroid mining will be a process of trial and error. So establishing infrastructure will require multiple trips. Trip times to an NEA would be months to a better part of a year. The most accessible asteroids with earth like orbits also have very rare launch windows, on the order of years and decades apart. Light lag latency to a NEA in heliocentric orbit can be 10s of minutes. Since signal strength falls with inverse square of distance.
Let's compare that to an asteroid in lunar orbit. Trips times are less than a week. Launch windows from a given low earth orbit occur each two weeks. Light lag latency is about 3 seconds. Telerobots at ~1 lunar distance can enjoy high bandwidth. For these reasons lunar orbit is a much better place to develop the fledgling asteroid mining technologies and operations.
Chief Executive Officer of ExLabs, has led the operational launch and growth of multiple startups. Proven experience in leadership & operations roles, a wide understanding of complex operating structures and business development, bringing together top talent and business opportunities tied with a forward-thinking lean startup mentality.
Chief Engineer, Miguel has worked on industry-leading aerospace projects for over 12 years. Most notably as Engineer for NASA’s Space Launch System out of Michoud Assembly Facility. Research background in Computational Fluid Dynamics and Ablative Laser Propulsion, a deep technical knowledge underpins his passion to create the next frontier in human space capabilities.
Vagan has over 12 years as a Senior Structures Engineer at Northrop Grumman and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. Professor of Mechanics of Materials at Florida Institute of Technology. With time at UTAS as a Structures Engineering Lead he performed technical analysis for various development programs.
Chief Financial Officer At ExLabs, Freyr has led multiple successful businesses in technology and entertainment, managing budgets in excess of $100M. Seasoned in leading complex projects to success, with startups and established companies, Freyr excels at the intersection of technology application and fearless innovation.
Technology executive in multiple startups, Derek has led ground up development of complex software systems. With a mindset of finding the most efficient solutions in environments of constant change, he leads development architecture and communications across technical teams, as well as internal and external stakeholders.
TOGETHER: In addition to the engineering and production of a new class of space exploration vehicle, ExLabs is aiming to disrupt the traditional aerospace industry by inviting the community to imagine, create and celebrate the journey alongside the team—things worth doing are better done together. ExLabs believes decentralized technology can help connect people that are passionate about the future of humans in space with those that can take the next steps to get us there.
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