posted on Nov, 10 2013 @ 08:59 PM
Yeah. That was kinda my point. One drone -or a couple- parked near Earth or on Earth(any object posing a danger to Earth will have Earth as an
endpoint. Thus, Earth would be a decent starting point for any object/vessel heading out to stop said dangerous object) would be MUCH more
cost-effective than parking a butt-load of them all over the solar system - many along paths that would undoubtedly place them outside of any possible
edit on 10/11/13 by 35Foxtrot because: (no reason given)
Near EA*RTH can potentially cause FALLOUT process... Hence catch them far out which allows debris path TIME to move out of the way of EA*RTHs path.
Close to EA*RTH or based from or near EA*RTH space does not allow time especially of larger target in question...
The limiting factor is our ability to DETECT the objects in the first place. The little bit of extra time it might take if you start the drone from
near-earth as opposed to some other locale is not going to make enough difference in debris trajectory.
You still need to detect the object far away from Earth. Assuming we could do that (which is by no means a safe assumption), starting from near the
Earth or some random deep space location isn't going to likely make any difference in where the debris field goes. You're talking about blasting the
object. Therefore, the little bits are going to continue on toward Earth no matter what (the objects was already headed at Earth or else it wouldn't
be tagged "dangerous").
Sure, you'd have longer to wait before it hit ASSUMING your random placement of drones resulted in it being any closer to the approach path than if
you started out from Earth. You could not place enough drones in the solar system to guarantee that you'd get any benefit.
Now, maybe you're talking about nudging the objects (but your rail guns would not be best for that really)... Even in that case, starting from near
Earth or one of your random spots in the solar system would likely not make a real difference on how much you could nudge the object using current
I think maybe you're not realizing how big space really is. If you do realize the scale you're talking about and still think you can place enough of
these drones out there to make a difference, I think you're really missing my point about cost-effectiveness. I doubt there are enough resources in
this solar system to pay for the number of drones you'd need. I still maintain that a couple around Earth would be just as mission effective (taking
into account the aforementioned limitations on your plan) and MUCH more cost-effective in that we'd actually be able to pay for them.