Planetary Resources talks about NASA's plan to bag an asteroid. $105 Million has now been proposed for starting work on an asteroid retrieval and utilization mission in NASA’s official FY2014 budget.
NASA identified three areas for accelerated development:
* Asteroid observing efforts to identify target asteroids (twice current funding, 10x from a few years ago)
* Development of new technologies to encounter and capture the asteroid
* Demonstration of new propulsion technologies to power the mission to reposition the asteroid
In the three years since the President announced the goal of sending humans to an asteroid by 2025, this is the first major new activity specifically towards this goal. As audacious as it may seem, Planetary Resources feels that the proposed mission represents bold new thinking about developing our capabilities in space. It provides a number of opportunities for human and robotic exploration to work together, and also for the public and private sector to partner in furthering our presence in space.