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Orbital window knocker

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The window knocker consists of a life-size animatronic spacesuit gloved hand and forearm with a magnetic clamp and a cold-gas manouvering unit.

The idea is to attach the unit externally to an unmanned ISS resupply module.

On arrival, the unit discreetly detaches from the module and reattaches itself to the ISS.

After a suitable interval, determined by the crew rest periods, the unit stealthily makes its way over the hull, and starts to tap insistently on the window ...

8th of 7, Jul 30 2016

tree talk https://www.youtube...watch?v=3P1qnd65IjM
paint your wagon [popbottle, Aug 01 2016]


       "There's, something... on the wing."   

       Klingons on the starboard bow...
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 30 2016

       Why not an entire alien-shaped robot, knocking on the window?
Vernon, Jul 30 2016


       An "alien" is likely to produce a "Who's playing silly buggers ?" reaction; but a familiar, recognizable spacesuit is more likely to achieve the suspension of disbelief.
8th of 7, Jul 30 2016

       It might be more cost effective to simply have a squeegee on a pole appear and squeege over the windows.   

       <Pauses for [8th] to make obligatory Pole joke.>
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 30 2016

       "But Polish people need spacesuits, too ..." ?   

       Actually, the squeege idea is even better. After all, you're not going to want your windscreen cracked if you're in low Earth orbit. The idea of the crew frantically trying to find small change to pay off the itinerant window-washers adds immensely to the potential satisfaction.
8th of 7, Jul 30 2016

       What do the poles say about hilly and don ?
popbottle, Jul 30 2016

       I don't know, [pop], what do the poles say about hilly and don ?
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 30 2016

       I don't know either.   

       Poles come in three types: Bamboo, Softwoods ( Like pine ), and redwood to avoid insect damage. I tried to communicate with the poles, but like the song says "I talk to the trees, but they don't listen to me."
popbottle, Jul 31 2016

       Oy vey!
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 31 2016

       // Actually, the squeege idea is even better // ... you mean at every LEO orbit there should be a set of traffic lights complete with resident window smudgers?
Ling, Jul 31 2016

       Everyone experiences a mix of disbelief and anger when they get a parking ticket, this would be delightfully magnified in low Earth orbit.
bs0u0155, Jul 31 2016

       In these uncertain times, perhaps we shouldn't think about fixing one of these outside a commercial airliner. Restrict it to business class and above obviously.
DenholmRicshaw, Jul 31 2016

       Just to hug,   

       ...your face for a little bit.   


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