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#1 It is a real threat. A satellite collision (see here) can be catastrophic to other human objects and people in orbit. Finding a way to remove the smallest objects is needed. A small hexnut sized object may be not much on Earth, but in orbit and a vacuum going 119,000 km/h it is lethal.
Posted by DarthVader 2012-08-01 00:16||
#2 Decimal may be off, because that's 73 943.171 877 mile/hour (mph) (plus or minus)
Posted by AlmostAnonymous5839 2012-08-01 11:29||
#3 Danger is not really growing because we are not sending up stuff very often. Having said that its been bad since the 60s.
What we need is a satelite with an aimable low power laser. Let kids on the net aim the laser at junk in the orbit just below. Even a small bit of heat might change course and send them into the atmosphere a few orbits later.
Posted by rjschwarz 2012-08-01 14:41||
#4 You mean...phasers?
Posted by swksvolFF 2012-08-01 18:10||
#5 Oh the STAR-MANITY - finding out that our future OWG Space Defense's real mission is not to destroy wily incoming Space Rocks, but WASTE MANAGEMENT - REMOVAL, RECOVERY, + RECYCLING???