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Could giant lasers shoot down space debris ?

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Jon the frog

Laser can push them down. When vaporizing/heating it, it create expanding gas and thrust. If the laser is in orbit it would work. And it's a clever way to put a anti-missile system in orbit, lol.

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pallidin

Whatever helps, I say... just don't inadvertently "blind" orbiting satellite sensors.

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Hammerclaw

That solution would just compound the problem. Spacecraft equipped with lasers, however, could use them for communication and to deflect or vaporize incoming bogies.

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Hankenhunter

I wonder what the ratio of ferrous/nonferrous metals are. Mostly aluminum I assume.  The main problem is that these objects are zipping every which way. Unfortunately,  I don't see any concrete steps to rectify this happening until something catastrophic occurs with loss of human lives involved. It would also have to be a global effort. 

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kobolds

with current technology it's not possible . 

2 problem

1. huge energy require

2. High heat

 

 

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UFOwatcher

Wonder at what point the Earth will appear as a metallic planet to 'outsiders'?

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schroedingerscat

This could be bad for me, as I have put a lot of thought and effort into making money with orbital garbage collection.  On the serious side, orbital debris is becoming a serious problem, and all potential solutions need to be considered.

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