The company, which was founded earlier this year and has just 20 employees, said it would combine space exploration with mining to develop a method to extract gold, platinum and other precious metals and minerals from asteroids in orbit around the Earth. It suggested that this could \”add trillions of dollars to the global GDP\”.
These would be imports from outside the globe and thus in conventional GDP accounting would be subtracted from it.
Further, it would, by however small an amount, reduce metals prices on Earth thus reducing recorded GDP again.
Still a good idea of course for GDP isn\’t everything…..