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More or less the opposite of xenzag's "Hey - that's me", the parasat is an umbrella for privacy conscious nude sunbathers. Sooner or later, Satellite/aerial imagery on the web will reach sufficient resolution to make individual people recognizable. The parasat would allow UV rays to penetrate while blocking
visible light. As a bonus, it could be printed with the emoticon or rude gesture of one's choice.
december 2007 corrects this to AA battery at 1500 km
[beanangel, Jan 02 2008]
||Only if Sergei Brin is watching.
||I thought this was going to be a
parasitic satellite. Maybe a tiny, cheap
satellite that tracked a larger one, then
docked with it magnetically. It could sit
on top of the main satellite's radiator,
using the waste heat-flux to power
itself thermoelectrically. By aligning it's
own antenna with that of the main
satellite, it would never have to perform
any corrective maneuvers itself - it
would therefore need no onboard
propellant apart from that needed to
get it into position initially.
||Read "Fiasco" by Stanislaw Lem.
||//if like sharks they see farther than
current technology// Hold on - where did
that gem come from? Do you mean to say
that, rather than putting Hubble up there,
we could just have opted for a large
aquarium and a hammerhead?
||other: general - there's a Q missing somewhere