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Rocket Debris Found in Amazon River

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 04:00 AM

Brazilian fisherman finds satellite debris in Amazon river


www.bbc.co.uk said:

A fisherman in Brazil's Amazon region has found a large piece of debris from a European space launch.

The man said he found the metal object floating on a remote river in the municipality of Salinopolis.

The debris has been confirmed as coming from a satellite launched from the Kourou base, in neighbouring French Guiana, last July

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 04:10 AM

A little correction to the above story:

The debris is not actually "satellite debris". It is part of the fairing which protects the satellite during the early phase of the launch. It is a two piece structure which encases the payload, providing protecting from acoustic and aerodynamic effects. Once the launcher, in this case an Ariane 5, has cleared the majority of the atmosphere it is no longer needed and it separates from the rocket. With an Ariane 5 this occurs about 3 minutes into the flight.

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 05:33 AM

A blast from the past...

http://www.unexplain...howtopic=251752

A bounty for the salvage would be a nice reward.


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 02:01 PM

View Posttaniwha, on 30 April 2014 - 05:33 AM, said:

A bounty for the salvage would be a nice reward.
Why?
The fairing is mostly carbon fibre, it is not recyclable and has virtually no scrap value. After dropping back to Earth from an altitude of 100 km it is not reusable. So if you pay what it is worth then you would pay absolutely nothing.

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 05:58 AM

View PostWaspie_Dwarf, on 30 April 2014 - 02:01 PM, said:


Why?
The fairing is mostly carbon fibre, it is not recyclable and has virtually no scrap value. After dropping back to Earth from an altitude of 100 km it is not reusable. So if you pay what it is worth then you would pay absolutely nothing.

Sure, then I guess someone should let these guys know to save themselves the cost of a phone call.

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Brazilian authorities in northern Para state said they would contact the UK Space Agency and ask them to collect the object.

I wonder if its worth the trip to pick up their rubbish?





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