Of all the ambitious developments planned by the world's miners, none come close to Planetary Resources' plans to mine in space.
Using technology that's already partially available, the company plans to mine near-earth-asteroids and use the byproducts as a launch-pad for a new age of space colonisation.
While it sounds uncannily like the plot of a sci-fi film, the technology is real and already on its way.
Planetary Resources is looking for new staff to help with its mission, and closed expressions of interest last week after being inundated with job applications.
Before the hype over Planetary Resources' plans kicked into overdrive this year Australian Mining wrote an in-depth feature on space mining, outlining the contributions one Australian was making to the debate.
The official video below outlines some of the detail behind the technology, investors, and vision driving Planetary Resources.