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(BBC)   British engineers design space harpoon. FROM HELL'S HEART, I STAB AT THEE   ( bbc.co.uk) divider line
    More: Interesting, multistage rockets, Space weapon, kilometres per second, Earth observation  
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2012-10-04 07:49:19 AM  
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Really does not approve

/Leaf on the wind
2012-10-04 01:29:23 AM  
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2012-10-04 09:55:55 AM  
1 vote:
Junk collectors in space? Japan already did it...

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/actually not a bad show and they tried to make it as much hard science fiction as they could
2012-10-04 08:45:35 AM  
1 vote:
In other news, Rosie McDonnell enters witness protection from 4chan.
2012-10-04 07:22:12 AM  
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herrDrFarkenstein: [www.stardestroyer.net image 640x274]

Something something

Yeah, well you know that "Wrath of Khan" is Moby Dick set in space, and from the viewpoint of the whale, right?
2012-10-04 06:33:47 AM  
1 vote:
The skin of satellites is notoriously thin, I'd wonder if a hook could find enough purchase to really do the job.

For the task at hand, sending a ship up to chase down each individual sat probably isn't cost effective anyway.
The plans for deorbiting with ground based lasers seemed more realistic.

/Altho I wonder why they don't just shoot a suborbital rocket into the path of the trash and explode a cloud of water vapor or something.
/A gentle nudge once or twice at apogee should be enough to bring the low orbit stuff down.
2012-10-04 05:58:03 AM  
1 vote:
They'll need it.
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2012-10-04 05:52:30 AM  
1 vote:
I thought I remember once seeing a list of all man made objects that were known to be in orbit, including things that were not intended to be satellites (such as wayward objects that have escaped the space shuttle). Wish I could find that site.
2012-10-04 05:29:55 AM  
1 vote:
Put ONE 3D printer in orbit and have it print out new satellites as needed. 3D printers will be like Star Trek replicators in less than ten years. Just get lunar He-3 to power a nanofusion reactor and there you go. All solved. Next?
2012-10-04 04:03:09 AM  
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The pictures in the article make it look stupid, but it may have some merit. However, the harpoon has to get within 60 feet of the satellite, which is going to cost as much as getting the damn satellite into space in the first place.

It's not a very creative solution for getting old space junk back down to earth. It's an expensive one.
2012-10-04 01:44:45 AM  
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