The dream of extracting valuable resources from space rocks was one that had long fascinated him.

When, a little under a year later, he graduated with a degree in International Relations and History from the U.K.’s Liverpool Hope University, Hunter-Scullion was hooked.

Now it’s gearing up to launch a prospecting satellite that will help seek out economically viable asteroids for future mining.

And while there are plenty of things that can go wrong, there’s a whole lot of opportunity too.

The idea of mining asteroids for crucial or desirable materials is nothing new — at least, not in science fiction.

This has arisen with a new boom in space industries, much of it led by private companies with a vested interest in profits, rather than the giant public sector missions of the past.

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