Optical mining is the next steam engine of the coming economic revolution. Similarly to how the steam engine powered the machines of the industrial revolution, optical mining will provide the raw material for all future space industries. By using energy from the sun, Trans Astra has developed a simple and efficient method for mining asteroids at rates of up to tons per month.​​

Optical Mining

The process of mining asteroids is a complicated one. First a suitable candidate (high % of water and a manageable size) must be identified and selected from hundreds of thousands. Next a mining craft is sent out to bag it for mining. Following the bagging, mining begins by focusing the sun’s rays onto the asteroid, fracturing the asteroid into pieces and releasing the water inside. The water is collected in a bag using a cryopump to freeze and store water for future use.