|In 2007 it is difficult to maintain
a space station in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). Before we can hope to colonize
asteroids we need a better way to get out of LEO.
Kuck mosquitoes (designed by David Kuck of Oracle, Arizona) are small, unmanned
craft that consist of not more than a drill, a heating element, and a bag
house to store extracted volatiles.
Sending small Kuck mosquitoes to Near Earth Asteroids to retrieve water and fuel is more doable than manned missions.
A few Kuck mosquitoes returning to earth orbit with full bag houses would make LEO much more hospitable.
These mosquitoes could be tankers for LEO fuel depots. LEO fuel would make
manned spaceflight to the moon, Mars and asteroids much less difficult.