The Eros Project


The Eros Project is accepting sponsors, inquiries, and resumes.
Presently seeking people with these talents:
Securities Expert, Research Assistants, Sponsorship Fund Raising, Materials Engineer, and others.

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Eros is a near-Earth asteroid of significant value (estimated at $15.84 trillion). Its orbit is relatively easy to travel to from the Earth, so the asteroid is reasonably accessible.

Size: 33 km x 13 km x 13 km (20.5 mi x 8 mi x 8 mi)

Approximate mass: 7.2 x 10^15 kg (79.2 trillion short tons; a short ton is 2000 pounds)

With an total mass of about 79.2 trillion short tons, it has a significant ‘futures’ value for construction materials in space. The Eros Project will establish a futures market for these materials.

In addition, rad-safe habitable volume will be a very valuable commodity in Space. Solar radiation is damaging in its intensity, outside of the Earth's protective magnetic field. As mining occurs on Eros, the voids that are created will be ideal places for people to live in Space. Sheltered from solar radiation by many meters of solid rock, people will find that Eros is a desirable place to live, work, and play in the latter part of the 21st century. A futures market will also be developed for this prime real estate inside of Eros.

Central to the success of the Eros Project is Orbital Development’s present ownership of the entire property. A prime focus of the Eros Project is leveraging Orbital Development’s present equity value of the property into development capital for the improvement of the property.

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The NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft observed the elements potassium, magnesium, aluminum, silicon, oxygen, and iron. As the spacecraft’s data continues to be evaluated, a more precise estimate of the property's potential value will be developed.


Call for Papers

OrbDev's Eros Project is seeking unpublished papers from the study of data from 433 Eros. For more details, please E-mail: Send Email

Fifty Year Development Scenario

On each pole of Eros' spin axis, the Project will dig two large caverns. One pit will house a spinning MetroCircus colony city, which will be the inhabited capital city of 433 Eros. The city will be well shielded from solar radiation and be a comfortable place to live with at least .38 gravity at the outermost living deck. In honor of his historic first human spaceflight, the city will be named GAGARIN.

The other shielded pit will be used as a shipyard to construct hulls for additional O'Neil cities, large oxygen tankers, and spacecraft hulls. These products will be for sale. The shipyard will be named ARMSTRONG BAY.

Large solar concentrators will be used to smelt and refine materials. Export products are expected to be refined magnesium, aluminum, silicon, oxygen, and iron. It is probable that platinum, gold, iridium, and other rare earths metals will be processed for export.

A corridor will be mined along the spin axis, which will become the main throughfare between Gagarin and Armstrong Bay. As mining progresses, branch tunnels and caverns will be constructed for industry, storage, and recreation.

Papers on Asteroid Mining:

Asteroid Mining

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Discoveries About 433 Eros

26 Mar 01
It has been calculated that the diameter of a synchronous orbit around the length of 433 Eros is almost the same as Eros' 33 kilometer length. This results in near-zero gravity at the tips of 433 Eros, and creates an interesting "gravity gradient" on the entire planetoid. Calculations by OrbDev's advisors show that an erosync orbit is attained at 16.36 kilometers from the center of mass or 32.72 km in diameter. This coincidence is an interesting anomaly and may explain why 433 Eros is one of the most elongated asteroid known and may give clues to the underlying structure and history of Eros.

Published News about 433 Eros

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Eros Owner declares February 12th a holiday on 433 Eros, "FIRST CONTACT"

04 APR 01
Cornell University News
Cornell cosmologist Thomas Gold revives old debate about moon to explain movement of dust into craters of asteroid Eros . Static electricity, he argues, causes dust grains to levitate downhill into the bottom of craters.

19 APR 01 News
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