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Offline S4Simon

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Spaceman Dude would have to have a pretty good reaction time to move out of the way with something coming at him at 4 kms / sec.

More like.

What the..Splat
I've been rich & I've been poor...

Rich is better



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Krudd will have a solution for this problem.



Offline AshSimmonds

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Krudd will have a solution for this problem.

Put a bit magnet over the ozone hole - fill it with space junk.



Offline mondi

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Some Geek stuff if you are interested.

http://www.freemars.org/jeff/speed/index.htm


*there were dubious reports that the first man-made object in outer space was possibly a manhole cover, after underground nuclear testing supposedly "shot it into outer space".

The first man made object in space was a man hole cover that was blown to outer space after a nuclear bomb test.  Dr Karl said so!!!!

http://www.strangehorizons.com/2002/20021021/manhole.shtml



Offline scud

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Spaceman Dude would have to have a pretty good reaction time to move out of the way with something coming at him at 4 kms / sec.

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What the..
not even



Offline AshSimmonds

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http://www.news.com.au/technology/were-pigs-in-space-but-aussie-technology-set-to-clean-up-orbiting-mess/story-e6frfro0-1225895315056

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We're pigs in space, but Aussie technology set to clean up orbiting mess
Neil Keene

    * 500,000 pieces of garbage circle Earth
    * Space junk a serious hazard for satellites
    * Aussie tech pinpoints debris for zapping

SPACE is meant to be the final frontier but it's starting to look more like a cosmic rubbish dump.


An estimated 500,000 pieces of man-made garbage, from tiny specks of metal to jettisoned fuel tanks the size of a bus, hurtle through space at more than 30,000km/h, creating a serious traffic hazard for satellites.

Now pioneering Australian technology could help not only track the detritus but zap it with lasers to push it out of the way.

EOS Space Systems boss Craig Smith explained yesterday that even the tiniest pieces of garbage posed a serious threat to satellites, spacecraft and astronauts because the debris travelled at such speed.

The EOS system involves special cameras peering into the night sky to locate the debris.

Lasers are then fired at the debris from a station on Mt Stromlo in the ACT. The aim is to eventually establish a network of lasers across the globe.

Work is also under way to develop a much more powerful laser capable of punching debris out of orbit so it no longer poses a threat.






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http://www.news.com.au/technology/sci-tech/australia-us/story-fn5fsgyc-1225949489905

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Australia, US vow to clean up outer space

By Tory Maguire

AUSTRALIA and the United States have agreed to clean up the biggest back yard of all - outer space.


According to details of this morning's Ausmin meeting with US officials, there are more than half a million pieces of space junk floating around in middle and inner orbit, posing a threat to our satellite communications and space travel.

And we put it there.

At a meeting in Melbourne this morning with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Defence Minister Stephen Smith agreed something had to be done.

From January details will be hammered out on a surveillance system to track the junk posing a threat, and the two countries agreed to efforts "to prevent long-lived debris-creating behaviour".

"Currently there are an estimated 500,000 pieces of space debris of 1 centimetre diameter or larger in orbit around the Earth. Such debris is capable of damaging or destroying satellites and space vehicles, and harming human spaceflight," a statement from the meeting said.

"Space is becoming increasingly congested due to the debris from over 50 years of space activities. This increase the risk from accidental collisions, such as the 2009 destruction of a US Iridium communications satellite from a collision with a defunct Russian satellite, which created further debris.

"Debris can also result from deliberate actions such as the 2007 Chinese Anti-Satellite (ASAT) test, which added over 6000 pieces of orbiting debris."

The US Space Surveillance Network (SSN) is the principal system used to detect, track and identify objects orbiting earth.

"Currently just over 16,000 objects are being tracked, ranging from large objects like the International Space Station and satellites, down to small pieces of debris of approximately 10 cm in diameter."

To boost this effort Australia has agreed to a Space Situational Awareness Partnership, which could include development of a joint tracking facility, likely to be in Western Australia, and to develop trained space specialists within our own department of Defence.

Secretary Gates would not be drawn on the details of the plan, saying the discussions would begin in January.



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I was a co-author of a paper delivered at the Australian Space Society Conference on this 3 years ago... glad to see it's moving... SLLOOOOOWWWLLLYYYY



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why are we cleaning the crap up?



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