After the big Planetary Resources asteroid-mining news conference today, the executives behind the venture talked more casually with reporters next to the stage.

Next to them was a full-scale version of their Arkyd robotic spacecraft. Chris Lewicki, the NASA Mars Rover veteran who is the company’s president and “chief asteroid miner,” gave a guided tour.

Check out the video above, which also includes some fun moments with Peter Diamandis (X Prize Foundation) and Eric Anderson (Space Adventures), also principals in the company.

“What could you possibly work on in the space arena and have more fun than this?” Diamandis said.

Asked to respond to people who think they’re nuts, Lewicki agreed. “We are nuts, we are crazy. We are doing audacious things.” In other words, world-changing stuff is often considered crazy, or impossible, until someone makes it happen.

Rendering of the Arkyd 100 via Planetary Resources

This first Arkyd spacecraft will work as a telescope, orbiting Earth and scouting for asteroids. Future installments in the Arkyd line will leave orbit to examine asteroids up close and ultimately mine them for natural resources.

As a side note, as you’ll hear in the video, Lewicki said the name Arkyd has roots in science fiction, but he teased the reporters and wouldn’t say where it came from, telling them that real sci-fan fans would know.

We’re struggling to figure it out, unless it’s a reference to Arakyd Industries from Star Wars, which appears to have the alternative spelling of Arkyd. (Thanks to Dennis Morgan for the help.) Here’s a reference from Wookiepeedia: “Originally a supplier of exploration droids, (Arakyd) saw a major boost in business with the rise of the Galactic Empire.”

Is it possible they named their spacecraft after a supplier to the Empire?

Whatever the case, as Diamandis said, they’re clearly having fun. Here’s a picture of Diamandis, Lewicki and Anderson hamming it up after the news conference.

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  • Ariz Jacinto

    Exciting times ahead!

  • Jj

    the blonde in the background is hot.

  • guest

    It is likely a reference to the Arachnid ships in the sci-fi book Dune by Frank Herbert.

    • guest

       Scratch that, Arakyd Industries from Star Wars seems more plausible.

  • Rainsoldier Bs

    Dumb more space junk..

  • Gilda Johanson

    To the 150 IQ kid sitting in a mud hut in Africa their hubris just plain sucks ! Couldn’t they use their (societies’) money and talent (?) to help improve life and opportunities. Their fantasy world and the media attention given is obscene. Sorry smart kid in Africa, your brain will probably go to waste because some rich star trek wannabees dont’ care if you ever get an opportunity or not.
    At least we have Bill Gates. These guys at Arkyd are an embarrassment to Seattle.


      So what are you doing to help Africa?

    • guest

      Let Africa tend to their intelligent children. Oh that’s right they are obsessed with sychophantic obsessions like making their children soldiers or just mass killing. If someone doesn’t act visionary there is no way that the entire human race can ever advance. Without resources we are all the same as that 150 IQ African child

  • Aaron Evans

    Someone has a movie to push

  • Laserjuice

    arkyd = arcade

  • Drew Ready

    Epic fail if you ask me.
    Their money would be much better spent steering astroids away from
    destroying life on the planet but that would require these egomanics
    think of something other than themselves for once. I know, I know, its
    not likely. Check out minute 24.

    • guest

      How does steering asteroids away from Earth make money?  It seems like it would just cost to me. 

  • 729

    if no one reaches for the brass ring, no one ever gets it.
    May their luck be better than they deserve.

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