By Amir Efrati April 25, 2012 p. B3
Majia paraphrasing: This article describes Planetary Resource's, a Seattle based start-up, plan to send "robotic spacecraft to remotely mine asteroids"
The plan is to mine near-earth asteroids for water and metals.
The company hopes to launch its first spacecraft within 2 years. The target for this first launch is low-earth orbit, but it would be a "prelude to sending spacecraft to prospect and mine asteroids."
The company was founded 3 years ago in secrecy.
An academic authority on asteroids was interviewed for the story. He expressed reservations about the project, stating it "may be decades ahead of its time."