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ARRIVING AT THE SITE When the mining vessel comes closer to the asteroid, it will use its engines to adjusts its orbit to match the asteroid. This will leave it hovering stationary above its surface. Once it has arrived it will unfold its much larger solar panels at the fore of the vessel. These will give the vessel enough power to run the whole mining operation. The solar panels are flexible and rolls out like a carpet, instead of folding out like a mosaic. This type of solar panels are currently tested by NASA and are called Roll-Out Solar Arrays (ROSA).

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Next the extractor unit in the front will decouple from the main structure of the vessel. This is the only part of the vessel that will be in contact with the asteroid for the purpose of removing rock and transporting it to the main vessel. Inside the main structure is where all the minded material is sorted, treated and stored. Since this mining operation takes place in zero gravity, there is no point in landing the whole structure on the asteroid. This way the main part of the vessel can stay still, which will help to keep the solar panels and other sensitive parts intact. That would be very difficult if the whole mining vessel would have to move around on the asteroid surface.

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