posted on Dec, 16 2004 @ 02:01 PM
Originally posted by jeeze louise
What possible reason is there to have 9000 satellites floating around? I sure some are there for less than honest purposes, What happens
when one is no longer of any use? Does it just float aimlessly in orbit until it losses is path, are any of the big enough to cause damage if they
came crashing down to earth, or would they all burn up in the atmosphere?
This might be a stupid question too but. What if one of these floaters were in the direct path of the shuttle or a rocket in a launch, woulden't the
impact be enough to cause the shuttle or rocket to crash?
somebody at ATS posted this site:
which is a lot more interesting than a list of launches & vehicles
check out the band of 'communications' satellites in GeoSync orbit
then check the mess of low-orbit 'BB' like things within the ideal low-orbit zone
this nasa page along with the applet will be worth your while to investigate/visit/explore....
? when they are no-longer-useful....they become SPACE JUNK!
so much flotsam & jetsom that will need to be removed sometime by someone....maybe the UN will grow up & address this
instead of meddling &
providing opportunity to abuse food-for-oil misappropriations/graft $$
?launching into this space-based-mine-field??
tracking & computers & advanced rocketry & navigation systems
probably with 'hardened' composites that make up the new generation satellites or shuttles, helps to lessen any damage the old 'debris' might
cause...besides any space junk is still traveling at 'orbit insertion' speed
which will be the same speed as the new stuff just going into orbit.
---> or something like ....just like getting on a freeway...!!