posted on Jul, 10 2008 @ 11:30 PM
reply to post by NGC2736
logically, any debris left in space only to stay there or burn up in Earths atmosphere on re-entry is classed as abandoned property.
Therefore anyone who is able to lay claim to that property will have salvage rights.
It's the same principle for ocean going salvage. If you find a ship in open seas, and you can drag it back to shore, then you own all salvage rights
on it, but if you found the same object whithin the borders of a country, then you can't really touch it.
But can you imagine the size of a salvage ship for just all our junk in space.
To make it viable, you'd have to, not only have a ship strong enough to scoop this stuff up, but also be abel to strip down the materials there in
It would be far too costly just to send all the scrap down as you find it. It would be far better to be selective in what you send back to Earth.
As for any left overs, you got a few options. Use the scrap to build other craft for space exploration/travel/moon bases or you can add it to your
current salvage ship.
And imagine all the stuff that is nuclear powered? How do you deal with that?
It's not as though space does not already have a high radiation count. Bringing decayed craft onto your own is a very risky business.
Just goes to show how profits come before the lives, health and safety of our childrens children... those who will inherit this mess from us.