“When I catch up with Rick Tumlinson, he has just returned from Vienna, where he spoke before the United Nations about the present and future of the commercial space industry. He’s breathless from climbing three flights of stairs — no great height for a space frontiersman — but elated with the response from diplomats in Austria: “They really got it,” he says.
Five years ago, when Tumlinson first proclaimed that humans would begin mining asteroids for precious minerals and water within a decade, he was met with widespread disbelief. Today, 61-year-old Tumlinson’s ambitions for his company, Deep Space Industries, are within reach…”
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