BigBooper: Didn't one of the space shuttles get hit by fleck of paint on one mission? if I remember right, it hit the windshield, and left a scary big crater in it.
david_gaithersburg: ""testing." For instance, the coming October mission will focus on testing the vehicle's capabilities as well the cost-effectiveness.."You know what's really cost effective? Not building these toys in the first place!
threadjackistan: They would probably have enough time to at least move to another compartment
BigBooper: So here's a question, If something like that happens, and you have a intact ship in orbit with a dead crew, would NASA try to retrieve it?
zedster: way south: I realize its probably doing dull and tedious experiments (like automated docking and materials testing), but I still want to believe its actually dropping tungsten rods-from-God on targets in the desert./Someone tell them to get working on the X37-C already./The CST-100 is nice, but this thing seems far more advanced as a program.nah, word is they are using it as an easy to upgrade spy sat. Instead of launching a new satellite with a 10+ yr life span that will have outdated hardware within 2yrs they can just land this thing and throw in new modules
phyrkrakr: So, as far as taking care of the space debris problem, how do you deorbit stuff? Would this thing be able to do anything about space debris? It would be nice if we could start cleaning up the mess that's up there, even if it's by an inefficient or time-consuming process. Every little bit, and all that.
TheGogmagog: The China idea of being able to drop bombs from space is kinda interesting. Obviously you would have guidance, would the bombs be too small to detect falling, or would you not have time to react? I'm guessing the stealth bomber or drones would be much more effective at this.
SquiggsIN: MooseUpNorth: SquiggsIN: along this line... why do ships have deflector dishes in star trek?There's dust in space. It's very, very sparse, but if you're going fast enough, that one fleck of dust in your path can pretty much ruin your day...You don't understand the theoretical physics behind a warp drive, do you? (and it seems you didn't read the rest of my post that basically sums it up)
MuonNeutrino: In such a case, you wouldn't have to worry about dust to any greater extent than a stationary vessel would, since relative to your local environment you *are* actually stationary.
way south: I realize its probably doing dull and tedious experiments (like automated docking and materials testing), but I still want to believe its actually dropping tungsten rods-from-God on targets in the desert./Someone tell them to get working on the X37-C already./The CST-100 is nice, but this thing seems far more advanced as a program.
MooseUpNorth: SquiggsIN: (and it seems you didn't read the rest of my post that basically sums it up)The rest of your post is based on a faulty premise, that space is a perfect vacuum. It's not. It's only _almost_ a perfect vacuum. There is dust in deep space. A single fleck of dust is more than enough to fark you up if you're going fast enough.Even in TV 'reality', dust was specifically cited by the people involved in producing TNG as the reason for the deflectors.
MythDragon: A large chunk of crap which stays in orbit forever that you have to track so you don't get all explodey from hitting it, or small chunks of crap falling back to earth and burning up or flying out into deep space where it becomes someone else's problem.
Sometimes the military keeps secrets to maintain a strategic or tactical advantage.Sometimes pinheads get upset and whine about not being told every freaking thing.
gregory311: Haven't you seen Star Wars? When Luke blew up the Death Star, it simply disintegrated and there was nothing left to further obstruct space.
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