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Debris Haulers in Space?

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posted on Sep, 6 2011 @ 02:47 PM
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Debris Haulers in Space?

Isn't it about time Nasa, or its sub-contractors or private enterprises start clearing the debris such as failed or malfunctioning satellites, broken parts or worse such as the shot down satellite by China's incredibly stupid and insane show of its might, and even rocks?

While we cannot do anything about climate changing, but we can certainly clear the dangerous debris around our planet in space right now.

Once that dangerous field is cleared, other meaningful space projects can be crystallised in space such as newer satellites, space tourism, etc.

Futhermore, with a collection of funds from current space nations that had contributed to the dumps in space, more so china, it can help booast economies in craft design, telemetry data enhancements, hauler crew trainning, etc.




posted on Sep, 6 2011 @ 02:49 PM
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They need something like this..

Doomsday machine





posted on Sep, 6 2011 @ 02:54 PM
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or for that matter a small rocket to propel dangerous material towards the sun from spent nuclear material



posted on Sep, 6 2011 @ 02:55 PM
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Originally posted by Kadmiel
or for that matter a small rocket to propel dangerous material towards the sun from spent nuclear material


Superman 4: The Quest for Peace.



posted on Sep, 6 2011 @ 02:56 PM
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There's a good anime/manga about exactly that.
Planetes.

en.wikipedia.org...
edit on 6-9-2011 by Vardoger because: (no reason given)



posted on Sep, 6 2011 @ 02:56 PM
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It needs to be done...

But if they cannot even clean up the mess on our planet or even get started on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, I seriously doubt whether any attention is gonna be bestowed on the items outside our planet. Space IS the last frontier, you know...as in the last frontier for clean-up action



posted on Sep, 6 2011 @ 03:00 PM
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Its actually a matter of great concern.
We are nearing the tipping point of space debris.
Pass the tipping point-and we cannot safely leave the atmosphere.
It needs cleaning up.

www.bbc.co.uk...

They should send up orbital nets,made of graphene woven threads,coated in neodymium with small guided boosters at each corner of the net to scoop up the smaller bits.

And any installations such as the ISS should be equipped with smaller versions to catch local debris.
The net would orbit the ISS,sweeping up any bits-maybe a few nets.

They could even be tethered to the ISS/Space craft?satellitte...



posted on Sep, 6 2011 @ 03:05 PM
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Originally posted by Kadmiel
or for that matter a small rocket to propel dangerous material towards the sun from spent nuclear material
I had that idea in the 7th grade, but I quickly discarded it. Consider what would happen should said rocket fail upon launch, or in mid-flight. Better to wait for the space elevator, or even an orbital insertion gun.



posted on Sep, 6 2011 @ 03:08 PM
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Garbage in the sea will stay in the sea, abandoned towns and yes even cities will stay where they are deteriorating for centuries, space junk on the other hand will eventually fall out of orbit and burn up upon reentry. There more functional things mankind can do to clean up crap than spending hundreds of million and billions of dollars searching for space garbage, incidentally, along the way to LEO, they will separate from the heavy lift fuel tank and rocket to add more reentry trash to either burn or land back somewhere in the ocean or desert somewhere.

Doesn't sound like a sound plan, and there's no revenue to be generated from it, so don't expect any private industry convince any of their stockholders that they won't get a quarterly dividend, because it burned up and vanished in space.



posted on Sep, 6 2011 @ 03:21 PM
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Yea just like they do down here on Earth, clean things up in space (sarcasm). I think starting down here on Earth would probably be best



posted on Sep, 6 2011 @ 03:34 PM
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alot of money gets spent on what seems like disposable high tech equipment, I wonder how many billions of dollars are just floating around outside of our atmosphere



posted on Sep, 6 2011 @ 07:35 PM
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Let the debris burn up in the atmosphere or come crashing to Earth when it finally loses orbit. To spend millions and likely billions of dollars just to clean up after ourselves (as well as other governments and even some private space ventures) is just not cost effective. There's a very high probability that it won't even impact anyone on re-entry, and an even higher probability that it won't kill anyone. However if it does, I hate to say it but it may finally open the government's collective eyes to do something about it, as well as potential impacts from deep space in the future.

Also if you came outside one morning only to find that a $700 space hammer landed on the roof of your car, how cool would that be? Wonder if insurance covers that..



posted on Sep, 6 2011 @ 08:53 PM
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Earth should be cleaned up before space, it's where we live... thought that would be obvious.

Some of you might want to read this thread - the guy heard on XFM that Thread here




Originally posted by GonzoSinister Well, Right now 6:29AM Uk Time im at work, We have the radio on in thebackground... especially as the office we deal with (on this shift) is in malaysia and is shut for the end of the week as the last three days have been a national holiday... Anyway back to point XFM is on in the background and for there news they reported there has been an initial announcement that there is now soo much space junk around Earth that it wont be long before an Astronaught will be killed or a major satellite will be taken out...



posted on Sep, 7 2011 @ 11:30 AM
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Originally posted by Vardoger
There's a good anime/manga about exactly that.
Planetes.

en.wikipedia.org...
edit on 6-9-2011 by Vardoger because: (no reason given)


The manga was good. The anime was garbage.



posted on Sep, 7 2011 @ 01:45 PM
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I do agree with some here that we should clean up Earth first before we contemplate cleaning up space.

But unfortunately, cleaning up Earth is not as easy as it looks. It is easy to criticize western democracies for their lack in concerns over environmental issues, and vote for change, BUT UNFORTUNATELY, the biggest culprits are dictatorships sharing our planet whom are the biggest culprits of environmental destruction.

And the biggest culprit is China's CCP gov. In their selfish game to remain in power, they lunged for economic gain, to hell with the environment and in that process, had poisoned not only our planet, but their own slaves as well. Other culprits are illegal dumping of toxic wastes and logging in latin american and asia.

We can make a big hooha here in western democracies, but would anyone DARED to criticised those actual culprits in the destruction of our environment, which because of their intransgience, had cause even western democracies to act slowly in environmental protection due to bread and butter issues of economic gain.

If China is giving its middle finger to environmental issues and reaping huge employment and riches for its slaves, do you think germans or americans will protect Earth while their own workers become unemployed?

As much western democracies are environmentally conscious, they deserved that leap of evolution and progress into space, and create jobs while at it so as not to be kept behind by environmentally selfish others. Meanwhile, for those who wants Earth cleaned first, best work harder online and offline through our social network to press those culprits to bear up to their responsibilities to our planet. It too, will have economic benefits for all in these hard times, from the activists to the worker in those lands.



posted on Sep, 22 2011 @ 10:52 AM
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With the UARS now a frightening reality to mankind today, may someone at the top take my this insignificant small little nobody post and thread more seriously now....



posted on Sep, 22 2011 @ 11:08 AM
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The main problem here is who will pay for the cleanup operation?

Instead what will happen is that in the near future, they will create a space treaty or whatever starting from scratch. Anybody who goes into space/launches anything into space will pay a 'cleanup tax'. Nasa & the Russian Federal Space Agency (who are the major space polluters) will get away with all they have done in the past & will be allowed to start afresh without any consequences for their previous dumping..
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posted on Sep, 22 2011 @ 11:17 AM
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A lot of this space junk is incredibly valuable though being made out of titanium and other precious and rare metals and costing millions to make, surely it would be worth more than the initial clean up venture to reclaim it for recycle or reuse? Maybe Branson's Virgin group or some other private company will get on it, heres to hoping.




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