Deltion Innovations Ltd. is an award-winning mining equipment design firm from Sudbury, Ontario that has recently received a contract from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to develop a drill for mining in space.

No longer just confined to the realm of the imagination, over the past decade, space mining has increasingly captured the minds of scientists, governments and private space mining companies. Once the budding industry gets off the ground, companies like Deltion Innovations are also expecting a big lift.

Made-in-Ontario space mining drill could play an important role in enabling long distance space travel

One reason investors are clamouring for space mining is the fact that asteroids have concentrations of precious metals like platinum that are much higher than those found on Earth. However, the specific drill Deltion has been contracted to develop for CSA will not immediately be used for mining precious metals on asteroids. It is actually intended for drilling water and ice on the moon. This may seem somewhat less exciting until one realizes the cost of transporting a single 16oz glass of water into space runs around $10,000. The ability to harvest water from the moon not only promises to make space travel more affordable, it has the potential to play a major role in enabling humans to travel longer distances through space.

Deltion Innovations sets sights on 2018 lunar prospecting mission

Deltion Innovations has been contracted to advance the technology of CSA's "DESTIN" drill and then test it in a moon-like environment on Earth, states the company's spokesperson in a release. Testing of the drill is planned for late summer or early fall at NASA's Glen Research Centre in hope that it will be ready for a lunar prospector mission in 2018.

Deltion Innovations spun off from the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT)'s department for space technology in 2013. NORCAT's Innovation Mill is a part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE), a collaborative network designed to aid commercialization.

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April 12, 2016

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