Luxembourg is a European country that is primarily a tax haven for large international corporations. Soon we will know it from a completely different side, because this small state is engaged in a very ambitious project, which aims to develop technology to extract raw materials from the asteroid.
In order to realize this idea, Luxembourg has teamed up with California-based Deep Space Industries, which will develop the experimental Prospector-X spacecraft designed to test space mining technologies.
A boat about 30 cm in length will be equipped with a water drive and an optical navigation system and then placed on a low orbit of our planet to test its functionality. Prospector-X will stay there for some time, but if the test is successful, then it is planned to create his successors, who will be sent to the nearest asteroid in the near future to extract gold and platinum.