Asteroid mining -- which may be necessary to get the human species off its only rock -- has inched closer to reality over the last few years. Last week, asteroid mining groups joined with scientists at the European Planetary Science Congress 2017 (EPSC2017) hosted in Riga, Latvia, to present some key findings of the current efforts to begin off-planet resource extraction, and to demonstrate the architecture of a mission that would send a 50 tiny, asteroid-prospecting satellites, called nanosatellites, to 300 nearby objects.