Space Mining is now legal.
So, technically, you can go mine your asteroid and bring home the materials for profit. A few small problems:
- No spaceship can get to the asteroids right now
- No mining ships have even been seriously designed
- No fuel depots in space
- No customer base for space materials
This is one of those self-squaring circles. Once you have space miners, you’ll need fuel depots, which will need/buy space materials, which it can buy from miners, who it is fueling up to go back ….
Unfortunately, absent A -> B there is not B-> A.
There were some presentations at Dragon Con about this state of affairs and I think they’ll go far. It might take a few years, decades, but I think it will happen. Robotics will lead, robotic miners, water depots. Smelters, metal printers.
The real problem lies in creating a self-sufficient world in orbit. That world can have humans in it, then there will be humans there. We’ll begin to live in space sometime, I hope soon.