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Experts Urge Removal of Space Debris From Orbit
universetoday.com ^ | April 28, 2013 | Elizabeth Howell on

Posted on 04/28/2013 5:49:27 PM PDT by BenLurkin

Action is needed soon to remove the largest pieces of space debris from orbit before the amount of junk destroys massive amounts of critical space infrastructure, according to a panel at the Sixth European Conference on Space Debris.

“Whatever we are going to do, whatever we have to do, is an expensive solution,” said Heiner Klinkrad, head of the European Space Agency space debris office, in a panel this week that was broadcast on ESA’s website.

“We have to compare the costs to solving the problem in an early stage as opposed to losing the infrastructure in orbit in the not-too-distant future.”

The panel estimated that there is $1.3 billion (1 billion Euros) worth of space satellite infrastructure that must be protected. The 200 most crucial satellites identified by the space community have an insured value of $169.5 million (130 million Euros), Klinkrad added.

Critical infrastructure, though not specified exactly by the panel, can include communication satellites and military eyes in the sky. Also at risk is that largest of human outposts in space — the International Space Station.

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1 posted on 04/28/2013 5:49:27 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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2 posted on 04/28/2013 5:53:54 PM PDT by struggle
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To: BenLurkin
The Kessler Syndrome

3 posted on 04/28/2013 5:55:34 PM PDT by struggle
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To: struggle
Looks like he screwed up.
4 posted on 04/28/2013 5:59:53 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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5 posted on 04/28/2013 6:00:37 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (Normal isn't normal anymore.)
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To: struggle

I’ll get up there right away with my Billygoat vacuum. Sorry, I’ve been real busy.


6 posted on 04/28/2013 6:01:52 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: BenLurkin

A new game - Dodge Debris.


7 posted on 04/28/2013 6:05:41 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (The Team: Progressives, Margret Sanger, Josef Mengele and the Butcher of Philadelphia)
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To: BenLurkin

Add to detecting and solving the threat of asteroid impact, a new activity for starry-eyed startups.


8 posted on 04/28/2013 6:07:44 PM PDT by CMB_polarization
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To: BenLurkin
My solution would be to build a tower about 100,000 feet into the stratosphere, which can be dome with today's technology. On top of the tower put a cannon which can launch dry ice pellets straight up about 300 miles. The dry ice will sublimate into carbon dioxide gas, which is heavy enough to get pulled back down to earth, and as a gas will spread out into a cloud. When space debris hits the carbon dioxide, it will loose momentum and gradually drop out of orbit, but will not be destroyed by the gas. Even working satellites will get hit, but should not be too damaged, and still have a working life while it is being pulled down.

The result of this will be that all the space debris, including working satellites, will fall into the atmosphere and burn up. During this time we can be launching new satellites to replace the old.

9 posted on 04/28/2013 6:15:01 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: BenLurkin; All

It could be a money maker for someone who could pull everything together as a space salvage expert.


10 posted on 04/28/2013 6:26:19 PM PDT by TMSuchman (John 15;13 & Exodus 21:22-25 Pacem Bello Pastoribus Canes [shepard of peace,dogs of war])
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To: BenLurkin

I the idea of “the big ball of goo”. The idea is to launch a fairly large satellite, that when in orbit extends long, hollow, telescoping rods, attached to the ends of which are a very large, spherical tent. The tent is then filled with high expansion, polymer foam.

Gas is then exhausted through the rods to help the ball navigate into the path of the smaller space junk. And even at their high average speed of 15,500mph, hopefully they would be caught by the polymer instead of punching through it. Then when enough was captured, the whole ball would reenter the atmosphere, burning up.


11 posted on 04/28/2013 6:28:01 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: BenLurkin

An expert is a swede shoe salesman hawking his BS more than 50 miles from home!


12 posted on 04/28/2013 6:31:27 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: Vince Ferrer
My solution is to take a bunch of democrat politicians (heck, throw in the RINO's too) and launch them into orbit wearing a space suit and holding a tennis racket.

I'm not sure they will remove much debris, but then the space debris has YET to cause me problems.

13 posted on 04/28/2013 6:32:57 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: struggle
a LOT of the debris are paint chips, but i guess even a paint chip at Xthousand MPH hitting the right spot can pretty much ruin your day...
14 posted on 04/28/2013 6:37:22 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: BenLurkin
“Whatever we are going to do, whatever we have to do, is an expensive solution,”

All problems that Politicians invent and solve are expensive. If they were not expensive, there would be no reason to do them.

15 posted on 04/28/2013 6:39:57 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

We use aerogel to collect small particles from comet tails so your idea isn’t far off. I would also get Tethers Unlimited on the job.

http://www.tethers.com/

Using carbon fiber tethers for everything from propellant less maneuvering in space to landing or anchoring to asteroids was at least in part the brain child of physicist and Sci Fi writer Robert Forward. He was one of the founders of Tethers Unlimited and gave very detailed accounts of how the tethers could be used in his book Saturn Rukh. (Who doesn’t love a sci fi story that begins with the sentence, “I’ve got a job for you and it pays a billion.”


16 posted on 04/28/2013 6:42:09 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: TMSuchman
It could be a money maker for someone who could pull everything together as a space salvage expert.

Well, since we already have a vacuum in outer space, it should be a snap.


17 posted on 04/28/2013 6:42:23 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: dalereed
An expert is a swede shoe salesman hawking his BS more than 50 miles from home!

That is the most profound thing I think I have ever heard.

18 posted on 04/28/2013 6:45:47 PM PDT by Lazamataz ("AP" clearly stands for American Pravda. Our news media has become completely and proudly Soviet.)
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To: struggle

put these dots to scale and you’ll see nothing


19 posted on 04/28/2013 7:09:54 PM PDT by molson209
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To: BenLurkin
Sounds like a full-employment act for NASA Astronauts.
20 posted on 04/28/2013 7:17:27 PM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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“Sixth European Conference On Space Debris”

What did they come up with at the first five conferences?

“I say that debris in space is bad!”
“Me too! I want it on record that I’m against space debris!”
“And weak mixed drinks! We can all be against that!”
“Yes! And large sodas in space! Maybe we should have a subcommittee on that.”


21 posted on 04/28/2013 7:18:09 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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“Head of The European Space Agency Space Debris Office”.

“Excuse me, but do you know where the head of The European Space Agency Space Debris Office is?”

“Maybe you should get a map of the solar system and see if he’s in Uranus.”


22 posted on 04/28/2013 7:23:04 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: TMSuchman
It could be a money maker for someone who could pull everything together as a space salvage expert.

Remember the old 1979 TV series with Andy Griffith called "Salvage One?"



I remember he made hi own spaceship, "the Vulture," went to the Moon and salvaged some of the old junk from the Apollo missions.
23 posted on 04/28/2013 8:11:02 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (Whitey, I miss you so much. Take care, pretty girl. (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012))
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To: BenLurkin
The 200 most crucial satellites identified by the space community have an insured value of $169.5 million

Only $850k per satellite? Why so low?

24 posted on 04/28/2013 9:03:34 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: BenLurkin

Solar collectors at Lagrange points that either focus and emit concentrated light or convert it to a narrow beam laser. With the light or laser you could vaporize the small objects and with the larger objects you could vaporize a surface point to impart earthward momentum...


25 posted on 04/28/2013 9:13:59 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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26 posted on 04/28/2013 9:17:53 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

You too, huh? I’m glad to see another “Salvage One” reference.


27 posted on 04/28/2013 9:54:06 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (Whitey, I miss you so much. Take care, pretty girl. (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012))
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To: Nowhere Man

It was a pretty neat show.


28 posted on 04/28/2013 10:04:45 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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29 posted on 04/28/2013 10:17:21 PM PDT by Bratch
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