Come on let's go Space Garbage Truckin'

Subject: General Tech | September 20, 2018 - 02:32 PM |
Tagged: sapcex, RemoveDEBRIS, nifty, Falcon 9

Kessler syndrome, aka the Kessler effect, describes a critical point that space garbage in low earth orbit could reach which would effectively trap us on the planet.  Not only that, it would turn orbiting satellites into even more space garbage, which would be a bad thing for the modern world.  As you can see in the picture below, there is already a large amount of fair sized junk in our orbit. 

The RemoveDEBRIS spaceship was designed to help ensure this never happens, and it was launched into orbit and delivered to the ISS on the most recent Falcon 9 flight.  Hackaday reports that the first test was successful, and the test target was successfully tracked and captured in the net that RemoveDEBRIS launched at it.   This is just the first step, the next test would involve attaching a drag sail to the netted debris so it can be deorbited, in a manner that would more or less ensure the debris doesn't land in your bathroom or otherwise inconvenience us sitting at the bottom of the gravity well. 

Check it out here.

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"To that end, RemoveDEBRIS deployed a CubeSat target and allowed it to drift approximately seven meters away. Once the target had moved to the prescribed distance, a net developed by Airbus was fired at it. When the center of the net struck the CubeSat, weights along its edges wrapped around the target, completely ensnaring it."

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September 20, 2018 | 09:56 PM - Posted by CanuckCrabUpDownInMaine (not verified)

What the Canuck is up with those agressive Canadian crabs! Is it too much Alexander Keiths IPA that's got them spoiling for a fight! Let's see what happens when they reach Massachusetts or New York waters and shorelines, Yeah let's see!
"Canadian crabs are causing chaos in coastal waters where they have migrated, according to scientists. This variety of green crab comes from Nova Scotia and is described as incredibly aggressive, devouring soft-shell clams and even being willing to fight humans who get too close. Unfortunately, this brutal nature is causing big problems in the ecosystems the crabs inhabit.

Coastal waters in Maine are home to the same species of crab as the angry Canadian green crabs, but there’s a key difference: the ones around Maine are chill, while the ones from Canada are apparently hellbent on destruction. According to a report from AP, the Canadian green crab is demolishing eel grass, which is native to the region, and eating up the soft-shell clams." (1)


"Insanely angry Canadian crabs are causing chaos in coastal waters"

September 21, 2018 | 04:05 AM - Posted by Snowman22 (not verified)

Fake space with fake space garbage. But the bubbles in space are real.

September 25, 2018 | 01:23 PM - Posted by Donkey (not verified)

^ um, what?
Back on topic. How hard would it be to design a craft that could grab each piece of debris (accumulate and compress it if necessary) and catapult it towards the sun on a trajectory that will reach the sun?

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