How To Misallocate Hundreds Of Millions Of Taxpayer Dollars: Luxembourg Begins Push For Asteroid Mining | 6/4/2016 | Staff
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Last year, the senate quietly passed the Space Act of 2015, which grants US citizens or corporations the right to claim non-living natural resources - including water and minerals - mined out in space.

Today, Luxembourg is setting aside funds to do just that. As the WSJ reports, Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider said in an interview that the government has set aside roughly $223 million in public funds in order to support projects such as the mining of asteroids.

Noting that mining asteroids "sounded like complete science fiction", the government now plans to create the necessary legal and regulatory framework to persuade investors backing companies to set up shop in Luxembourg, and two startup companies have already announced that they have decided to do just that. Government officials and space experts from both sides of the Atlantic are scheduled to have a press conference to lay out the specifics of the initiative according to the WSJ.

In the mid-1980's Luxembourg took ownership in a fledgling satellite company that grew into what is now international satellite-provider SES SA. Now Schneider says the country plans to invest in mining asteroids, and that more funds could be put into the project to help underwrite R&D carried out inside the country...
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