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High Frontier Mining Corporation and BlackStar Announce Commercial Asteroid Retrieval Partnership



A logo demonstrating the joint asteroid mining activities between HFMC and BlackStar Orbital
BlackStar Orbital and HFMC

New York (May 8, 2023) In a major leap forward for commercial space exploration, High Frontier Mining Corporation (HFMC) and BlackStar Orbital have announced an ambitious partnership aimed at mining and returning valuable resources from asteroids.


This commercial asteroid retrieval collaboration represents a pioneering step in the burgeoning field of asteroid mining, positioning both companies at the forefront of what is set to be the next major frontier of resource extraction.


HFMC, renowned for its innovative mining technologies, and BlackStar Orbital, a leading force in commercial space operations, bring together an unparalleled combination of expertise, innovation, and vision. The partnership will focus on leveraging these strengths to enable the extraction of resources from asteroids and their safe return to Earth.


The cornerstone of this partnership is BlackStar Orbital's cutting-edge BlackStar-C, an advanced reusable "micro-shuttle" spacecraft. The BlackStar-C is uniquely capable of undertaking these missions, navigating the challenging space environment to reach asteroids, collect the extracted resources, and deliver them safely back to Earth.


James Anthony Wolff, Founder and President of HFMC, hailed the partnership as a game-changer for both the industry and the planet. "Our partnership with BlackStar Orbital is more than just a business collaboration; it's a pioneering step towards a new era of resource acquisition. The resources available in asteroids can help meet the Earth's increasing demand for critical materials, opening a new chapter in human civilization's sustainable development."


The CEO of BlackStar Orbital, Christopher Jannette, echoed these sentiments, stating, "Our partnership with HFMC represents a significant milestone in our mission to broaden humanity's horizons. By working together to mine and return asteroid resources, we're not only advancing scientific knowledge but also creating a sustainable, off-planet supply chain that can benefit all of humanity."


The collaboration between HFMC and BlackStar Orbital marks a thrilling new phase in our pursuit of space resources. As we stand on the brink of this exciting new frontier, the path to commercial asteroid mining has never been clearer.


About High Frontier Mining Corporation


High Frontier Mining Corporation is a pioneering space mining company dedicated to the exploration and exploitation of resources beyond Earth's atmosphere. HFMC leverages advanced technologies and innovative strategies to overcome the unique challenges of space mining and contribute to sustainable development both on and off-planet.



About BlackStar Orbital

BlackStar Orbital is a leading commercial space company focused on developing advanced spacecraft and facilitating space operations. Known for its BlackStar-C reusable micro-shuttle spacecraft, the company continues to push the boundaries of what's possible, driving progress in space exploration, and resource exploitation.


A revolutionary collaboration

As we stand on the cusp of a new era in space exploration and resource exploitation, a game-changer has emerged in the form of the BlackStar-C, a high-tech reusable micro-shuttle developed by BlackStar Orbital. Designed to navigate the challenging expanse of outer space, the BlackStar-C is poised to make significant waves in the asteroid and lunar mineral retrieval sector, a market projected to reach a staggering $30 billion.


The BlackStar-C: A New Dawn in Space Resource Exploitation

Asteroids and the moon, celestial bodies within our grasp, hold vast reserves of invaluable resources, including water, precious metals, and rare earth minerals. These resources, while commercially valuable, also play a vital role in supporting long-term human presence in space and furthering our exploration endeavors.

The BlackStar-C is designed to carry several hundred kg of asteroid regolith on an Earth return trajectory
The BlackStar-C MicroShuttle

Enter the BlackStar-C. This state-of-the-art micro-shuttle is a high-capability, reusable spacecraft purpose-built to retrieve these resources and deliver them back to Earth. Its unique design and advanced technology make it well-equipped to deal with the complexities and challenges of space mining.


Unlike traditional spacecraft, which are typically single-use, the BlackStar-C is designed for reusability, significantly reducing the cost per mission and making space mining a more financially viable prospect. This revolutionary feature, coupled with its precise navigational capabilities and robust design, make it an unrivaled tool in the burgeoning sector of space resource exploitation.


Partnership with High Frontier Mining Corporation: A Bold Step into the Future

This ground-breaking endeavor would not be possible without the strategic partnership with High Frontier Mining Corporation (HFMC). A leading commercial space company with a wealth of experience in space mining, HFMC brings invaluable expertise and resources to the table, bolstering the ambitious plans of BlackStar Orbital.


HFMC's proven track record in asteroid mining and their innovative techniques are crucial in enabling the BlackStar-C to realize its potential. They will provide the necessary equipment and technical know-how to extract valuable resources from asteroids, before the BlackStar-C takes over for the critical last-mile delivery back to Earth.


HFMC's innovative asteroid mining techniques and strategies are designed to handle the unique challenges posed by these celestial bodies. Their techniques are efficient and effective, minimizing waste while maximizing yield. With HFMC's expertise in asteroid mining and BlackStar Orbital's advanced micro-shuttle, this partnership is truly a match made in the stars.



The first manned asteroid exploration spacecraft designed for deep space commercial activity.
High Frontier One (Courtesy HFMC)

Supporting Partnerships: A Gateway to Space in Arizona


As a part of the partnership with HFMC, BlackStar Orbital will work closely with various agencies, including the Arizona Commerce Authority, to secure a location for assembly, integration and test of critical hardware. This fundamental piece of the puzzle will pave the way for the routine transport of valuable resources from space to Earth servicing last mile customers on the West Cost of the U.S in addition to planned operations in Coastal Florida.


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ACA Logo courtesy of the Arizona Commerce Authority

The Road Ahead: A Vision of Space Prosperity

Looking to the future, the partnership between BlackStar Orbital and HFMC promises to unlock unprecedented opportunities in space resource exploitation. Together, they are set to revolutionize the way we approach space mining, making it a viable, sustainable, and profitable endeavor.


The BlackStar-C is more than just a spacecraft; it's a symbol of a new era in space exploration, one where the vast wealth of the cosmos is within our reach. As we stand on the brink of this new frontier, it's clear that the BlackStar-C, powered by the innovative efforts of BlackStar Orbital and High Frontier Mining Corporation, is destined to play a central role in the journey ahead.


Unparalleled Potential: Asteroid Mining

Asteroids, remnants from the early solar system, are treasure troves of valuable materials. They contain precious metals, such as gold and platinum, and rare earth minerals, which are critical for many modern technologies. By developing efficient and effective methods to mine these celestial bodies, BlackStar Orbital and HFMC are tapping into an almost unimaginable wealth.


The partnership's approach to asteroid mining is one of precision and sustainability. HFMC's innovative mining techniques, combined with the BlackStar-C's advanced retrieval and delivery capabilities, ensure minimal waste and maximal resource extraction. Once an asteroid is identified as a viable source of minerals, BlackStar-C is dispatched to collect the extracted resources and make the precise return journey back to Earth.



Commercialized asteroid material for direct-to-consumer applications
Project Stardust, a joint HFMC and BlackStar Program


Lunar Mining: The Next Frontier

The moon, our closest celestial neighbor, has long been a source of fascination and a subject of scientific research. Now, with the BlackStar-C, it's also set to become a significant source of valuable resources. The moon is rich in helium-3, a potential fuel for future nuclear fusion power plants, and water, which can be split into hydrogen and oxygen for rocket fuel and life support systems.


Through their partnership, BlackStar Orbital and HFMC will leverage their combined expertise to overcome the unique challenges of lunar mining. The BlackStar-C, with its robust design and advanced technology, is perfectly suited to navigate the moon's harsh environment, collect the valuable resources, and deliver them safely back to Earth.


Last Mile Delivery: Bringing Space Resources Down to Earth

The concept of last-mile delivery, well-established in terrestrial logistics, takes on a new dimension in space resource exploitation. Once resources have been mined and collected, the BlackStar-C will take over for the crucial last leg of the journey, bringing the materials back to Earth.


The reusable micro-shuttle's design is optimized for precise reentry and landing. Its advanced systems allow it to navigate the challenging reentry process, survive the intense heat, and land safely at a location of the customer's choosing. This unrivaled capability to deliver space resources to specific terrestrial locations is set to revolutionize the logistics of space mining.

Last mile delivery is a unique application for the blackstar vehicle line.
A microshuttle landing at a commercial airport delivering material to the customer.

A Vision for the Future

The strategic partnership between BlackStar Orbital and High Frontier Mining Corporation, embodied by the BlackStar-C which itself is merely a critical component of High Frontier One, holds the potential to transform space mining from science fiction into reality.


With this bold step, these innovative companies are not just reaching for the stars but are bringing their wealth within our grasp, opening up a new era of space exploration and resource exploitation. And as we venture into this uncharted territory, one thing is clear: the BlackStar-C is set to play a pivotal role in this journey, charting the course towards a future where the vast resources of space contribute to the prosperity of humanity.



Lunar linear accelerator for free Earth return ballistic cargo transport
"Lunar Resource Utilization (LRU) for Space Construction" (1979 study) Concept B: Lunar Mass Driver Catapult.

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