Between 2118 and 2170 asteroid mining was highly glamorized in the media on earth. Numerous shows and movies were made highlighting the thrill and adventure of being a Rock Jockey. Children collected and traded Jockey profiles intently following their career stats, such as how many rocks cracked and ore tons logged. As a result hundreds of rookies with dreams of fame and fortune would make for Titus every month.
The reality was, albeit astoundingly profitable, asteroid mining was brutally difficult and extremely dangerous. A skilled Asteroid Jockey could make as much as a corporate CEO back on earth in their first year – if they lasted that long. Working with massive, constantly moving, often volatile and unpredictable asteroids in the vacuum of space took a special mentality. 90% of rookies bowed out within their first two months.
Garnering less fame, but far more profit, were the mining companies themselves. Along with the Gratestar Mining Company there were five other Titus super powers. Asteroid Inc., Haulidyte, Grimms Consolidated, HLS Mining, and StarKat Drilling Co., were all vying for prime sectors.
Competition between crews was fierce. The Titus asteroid field was massive but not every asteroid was a gold mine. As well the further into the field you ventured the more dangerous it became. The inner field was dense and very active, and therefore more unpredictable. Once a survey came in reporting a stable sector ripe with ore it was a race to see which crew could mark the best rocks and pull the most ore.
Asteroid mining is still a vital part of industry wherever humans settle, and while still quite lucrative, it has lost its popular mystique.