posted on Dec, 29 2014 @ 12:09 PM
a reply to: sublik
... well ... theoretically
you could gather a big bunch of orbital debris and recycle them into something interesting, There is a problem,
You are at a suitable orbit, just at the right altitude above Earth. Now, let´s start hunting for those derelict satellites and other debris to
recycle. Whoops, too late, that one whizzed past at 5 miles per second. There´s another one, at almost opposite orbit to you and it crashes into you
at 10 miles per second.
Gathering the debris is not exactly simple, although as someone mentioned, several schemes are being floated. To be able to re-use all those lovely
electronics and optics up there would be loverly, but rendez-vousing them in orbit is going to require massive amounts of fuel and maneouvrability. Or
really good shock absorbers.