ATEN ENGINEERING

MAPPING THE RESOURCES OF NEAR EARTH SPACE, FOR GOOD.

WE ARE ATEN ENGINEERING

Aten Engineering Inc. provides technical solutions in the areas of detection, discovery, follow-up and characterization of Near Earth Asteroids, with the goal of enabling in-space resource extraction and utilization to pave the way for Human exploration of the Solar System.

Eric Ward, CEO

Eric Ward is an experienced Systems Architect who sees growing the space industry as the next step to progressing humanity beyond the planet. He recently received a Master's degree in Systems Design and Management from MIT, has published multiple technical documents on Systems Architecture and the Space Industry, has been featured in Fast Company, and co-founded the MIT New Space Age Conference. He also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

His Erdős number is 4

J.L. Galache, CTO

J.L. Galache, PhD, is an asteroid astronomer turned NewSpace entrepreneur. He has designed and directed asteroid data projects with NASA's Frontier Development Lab and Oracle. At the Minor Planet Center (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), J.L. was Acting Deputy Director, where he helped keep the world safe from killer asteroids. He has discussed asteroids as an expert commentator in every type of media: Radio, TV, documentaries, newspapers and online publications. He is an advisor to Deep Space Industries.

Ana Mosquera, Lead Programmer

Ana Mosquera is a Scientific Computing Expert with a PhD in Astrophysics; she has held postdoctoral positions at the interface between high performance computing and real data at the Ohio State Univ. and the US Naval Academy.

Martin Elvis, Advisor

Martin Elvis is a Senior Astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics who has researched the prospecting of near-Earth asteroids for valuable resources, using astronomical techniques.

Shari Loessberg, Advisor

Shari Loessberg is a Senior Lecturer in Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. She is an experienced entrepreneur in established and emerging markets. In the United States, she founded and runs Big World, a strategy firm focused on new ventures in new markets. She also co-founded Zeta Networks, an optical networking firm built on technology developed at MIT. She holds an AB from Georgetown University and a JD from the University of Texas.

Daniel Faber, Advisor

Daniel Faber is the CEO of Orbit Fab, and former CEO of Deep Space Industries. As a serial entrepreneur in the aerospace and mining industries prior to DSI, Mr. Faber has grown several high tech companies from startup through to commercial success. He is the recipient of multiple innovation awards and has filed a number patents in the fields of mining, entertainment, medical imaging, and aerospace.

PUBLICATIONS & NEWS

FORGET COAL: ASTEROID MINING IS COMING SOONER THAN YOU THINK

By Steven Melendez, Fast Company | June 27th, 2017

Robots are paving the way toward lucrative space mining as NASA and private startups launch pioneering prospecting missions to precious metal-rich asteroids.

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MINING THE HEAVENS: ASTRONOMERS COULD SPOT ASTEROID PROSPECTS

By Sarah Lewin, Staff Writer, Space.com | June 12, 2017 07:00am ET

NEW YORK — Harvard astrophysicist Martin Elvis would like to see astronomers take on a crucial role for future asteroid mining: as astronomical prospectors scoping out the next big catch.

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THE NEED FOR SPEED IN NEAR-EARTH ASTEROID CHARACTERIZATION

J.L. Galache, C.L. Beeson, K.K. McLeod, M. Elvis

We have used Minor Planet Center (MPC) data and tools to explore the discovery circumstances and properties of the currently known population of over 10,000 NEAs, and to quantify the challenges for follow-up from ground-based optical telescopes. The increasing rate of discovery...

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HOW MANY ASSAY PROBES TO FIND ONE ORE-­BEARING ASTEROID?

Martin Elvis and Thomas Esty

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA

The number of ore‐bearing asteroids could well be small and remote telescopic techniques are inadequate to identify such asteroids confidently. Finding an asteroid that can be profitably mined...

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HOW MANY ORE-BEARING ASTEROIDS?

Dr. Martin Elvis

A simple formalism is presented to assess how many asteroids contain ore, i.e., commercially profitable material, and not merely a high concentration of a resource. I apply this formalism to two resource cases: platinum group metals (PGMs) and water. Assuming for now...

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ASTRONOMICAL PROSPECTING: A NECESSARY PRECURSOR TO ASTEORID MINING

Dr. Martin Elvis

Ore-bearing, i.e. potentially profitable, asteroids are rare, roughly 1 in 660, or 1 in 66 if low delta-v asteroids are preselected. Prospecting for ore-bearing asteroids will be a multi-step process, as for mineral resources on Earth. Even at 1 in 66, roughly 100 asteroids must be sampled...

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