Design Studio 2012_First Year 2nd Sem

Asteroid Based Mining Facility


“The earth is simply too small and fragile a basket for the human race to keep all its eggs in.”
Arthur C Clarke.
The year is 2100.
Earth-based natural resources have been depleted to a level that is finally having a direct impact on society. The exploitation of raw materials from asteroids and minor planets is now viable and underway across the solar system.
The once Earth-bound, capitalist mining corporations that have stripped our home planet bare have extended their reach in order to quench humanity’s insatiable appetite for consumption of whatever is placed before it.
An asteroid based mining colony has been proposed on a suitable asteroid. This facility will be largely concerned with the production of platinum and cobalt for Earth-based industrial purposes using shaft mining techniques to reduce the environmental impact. It will also harvest water from ice buried within your asteroid which will be stored for use as propellant.
While largely automated, this facility will contain a human presence, due to the harsh environment. This human component will be made up of technicians, geologists, and scientists. The inhabitants will serve one year cycles within the facility. The facility must cater for, and be conducive to extended stay inhabitation.


Student Work Exhibited below: (Jeremy Leithead/Chaz Flint/Stephanie Voon/Nic Wild)