posted on May, 29 2012 @ 05:32 PM
Originally posted by SaneThinking
Does anyone know what sort of calamity 1 of these things would do if it per say took out a satellite, could we have a chain reaction pile up so to
speak. With debris taking out multiple satelittes or do they have contingency plans exactely for these type of circumstances????
Well first of all, an impact is unlikely for any given asteroid and geostationary satellites; even if it passes right through the clark belt it's most
likely going to miss everything completely. That said, if one were to hit it would be bad news. Unlike other satellites, geostationary satellites
cannot alter their orbital altitude or inclination by any significant amount, or else they will cease to be geostationary (a satellite at a
geostationary altitude but an inclined orbit is geosynchronous, but not geostationary) and thus they lose the ability to perform their functions.
That is why zombie geostationary satellites are always a big concern; they can wander uncontrolled into the orbital position of another geostationary
satellite and really muck things up. Even if they don't collide, if they block the line of sight of a normal satellite while still transmitting,
there's virtually nothing the normal satellite can do to "get around" the zombie sat and still perform its normal function (Galaxy 15 posed this
potential problem at one time). Obviously when it comes to asteroid threats, the only concern is one of collision though, but if a debris generation
event were to occur due to a collision, other geostationary satellites would have virtually no ability to alter their orbits to dodge it without going
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