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Harpoon could drag satellites out of the sky

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Grandpa Greenman

That would be a fun job to have.  

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RoofGardener
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 WHITE WHALE....WHIIITEEE WHAAAALE... WHITE... oh.. wait.. no.. it's just a Mistubishi X1 communications relay satellite. 

Ah well. 

It should be noted that all Airbus have created is a pointy stick. They still need a "chase spaceship" (and a tether) before their Pointy Stick would actually DO anything. 

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Grandpa Greenman

 

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moonman

I thought they meant from the ground, that would be something. This, not so impressive.

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Hankenhunter

So are they going to with the junk? Send it to earth? Collect everything into a giant orbiting scrap yard? Chuck it out into the void? Will they hire some guy named Ahab? These questions need answers.

Hank

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Merc14

Interesting how they soft soap what teh Chinese did a few years ago by making it sound like they were trying to deorbit a satellite.

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Waspie_Dwarf
30 minutes ago, Merc14 said:

Interesting how they soft soap what teh Chinese did a few years ago by making it sound like they were trying to deorbit a satellite.

Funny, that's pretty much the excuse the USA used when they fired an anti-satellite missile at the failed USA-196 spy satellite in 2008.

In 1985, when the USAF destroyed the Solwind satellite in orbit they didn't even bother inventing spurious excuses and just plain admitted it was a test of an anti-satellite weapon.

China has done nothing that the USA and Soviet Union/Russia hadn't done already. That doesn't make it right but it does make the USA's complaints at the time a little hypocritical.

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Merc14
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20 minutes ago, Waspie_Dwarf said:

Funny, that's pretty much the excuse the USA used when they fired an anti-satellite missile at the failed USA-196 spy satellite in 2008.

In 1985, when the USAF destroyed the Solwind satellite in orbit they didn't even bother inventing spurious excuses and just plain admitted it was a test of an anti-satellite weapon.

China has done nothing that the USA and Soviet Union/Russia hadn't done already. That doesn't make it right but it does make the USA's complaints at the time a little hypocritical.

Neither the USA nor Rusia was mentioned in the video and I very much doubt they would ever soft soap if they were.

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Grandpa Greenman

As we deorbit all this junk, (which needs to be done)  how are all burned particulates going to affect the upper atmosphere?  Is there enough of it to have an effect?  

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khol

What I dont get is how we can be so irresponsible in the first place ??  Isnt it a no brainer orbiting debris would create huge safety issues to our space programs and communication satellites ? Creating space junk of this magnitude is completely insane to begin with. Humans have complete disregard for any kind of enviorment..terrestrial or otherwise. Is it impossible not to create junk or could we have developed better methods ?  just nuts

 

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