Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Crash Debris from Satellite Collision Between Iridium Satellite and Malfunctioning Russian Satellite Yields Valuable Scientific Information
Crash Debris from Satellite Collision Between Iridium Satellite and Malfunctioning Russian Satellite Yields Valuable Scientific Information This was One of the Best Observed Collisions of Its Sort. Tracking the Disposition of the Debris in Valuable Science, Lex Loeb Contributor Network . This collision is going to be an important learning experience. If nothing else it will assist future animators make more realistic space collision special effects in movies. The danger of having all that shrapnel orbiting in space can not be under estimated. It is also a challenge. In the past I have proposed building nets of bullet proof fabrics and sending up satellites into orbit to attempted to re capture lost space debris. This accident would be an excellent time given the low orbit to give it an experimental try. The net could be drawn behind one single bullet nosed satellite with the ability to change it's course for frequent fly bys perhaps with a higher orbital velocity or the ability to slow down and come up behind the debris flow on many separate passes. The reason I have been suggesting netting material and keeping it together in space is pretty simple. The more mass with the proper velocity we humans launch into orbit represents a net total momentum. The more mass we can project into orbit the more total momentum we have achieved in total. Each rocket launch costs a us a huge amount of energy which is forever lost getting mass up into orbit space. The point is that if we coalesce as much of the mass we have significant energy on getting it there we have something of a battery that retains the energy already invested over many years. This is why binding space junk together in space and keeping it accelerated there in high quality sustainable orbits is an incredible idea when it comes to the future of space exploration/ habitation and perhaps industry. Enough momentum in place allows a top down elevator or space crane to eventually operate preventing the need for more energy expensive space launches. Some percentage of fuel and raw mass would need to be lifted by the top down elevator or space cranes. The crane would drop its hoist cable into the upper atmosphere where more conventional planes could attach the load for hoisting . it would take sufficient momentum from the top satellite and an orbit that would have the same attributes as the bottom up space ladder proposal . This has the advantage of not needing any ground connection and no need to deal with the heavy atmospheric pressure of the lower atmosphere. Once the first space crane is in place, orbital space will become totally accessible for the first time. All the momentum added together of all the junk satellites up there is a wonderful place to get a free energy lunch because the energy is already been spent. Netting shrapnel and consolidating it is important but also having samples of it sent back to labs on earth would yield some amazing science. How it compares to terrestrial explosions/ collisions will yield more ideas about what happens with cosmic and planetary collisions and at least provide some verification. Netting the debris we could bring much of it back down to earth and also see if we can collect it , cement it together once capturing it and re-accelerate it once it is a composite mass if possible ? In the meantime the questions will be if the debris will start forming a ring around the earth somewhat similar to the rings of Jupiter and Saturn? .