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Space Junk

How to deal with space junk/satelites
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You could do this...

harpon and use thrusters to slow down and allow a targeted re-entry

Or you could find away to hurl all this space debris to the moon.

Since one day when we colonize the moon we will need raw materials, this would seem like an apprpriate approach.


vtolled, Oct 21 2012

Harpooning space junk http://www.dvice.co...brits-want-to-s.php
Harpooning space junk to remove it from a stable orbit [vtolled, Oct 21 2012]

To the Moon Orbital_20Mill
My own horn etc.. [FlyingToaster, Oct 22 2012]

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       //Or you could find away to hurl all this space debris to the moon.// And you could post this method as a halfbakery idea.
Precisely like this one isn't.
lurch, Oct 21 2012

       //Or you could find away to hurl all this space debris to the moon.//
It might be better if you proposed a way to do this.
sqeaketh the wheel, Oct 21 2012

       Current space junk isn't so much old satellites as paint-chips and dropped screwdrivers.
FlyingToaster, Oct 22 2012

       Especially since all new satellites are supposed to be launched with the ability to de-orbit themselves at end-of-life.
MechE, Oct 22 2012

       and tiny chunks of satellites that ran into each other at 24000 miles per hour.
DIYMatt, Oct 22 2012

       // Since one day when we colonize the moon //   

       Why, exactly, will we be colonizing the Moon? It's a dead chunk of rock with no valuable resources that's so far away from the Earth that establishing and supporting a colony there would cost us several times the price of just building a far-orbit space station with the same capacity and a better view.
Alterother, Oct 22 2012

       //Why, exactly, will we be colonizing the Moon?//   

       For the cheese, of course.
Grogster, Oct 22 2012

       I thought you'd switched to Greek yogurt. Fallen off the wagon?
Alterother, Oct 22 2012

       He's left the Greek's behind.
baconbrain, Oct 22 2012

       This idea is wrong in several ways.   

       First, the title is the category it should be in. If I were to post my idea for dealing with space junk, what title could I use?   

       NASA uses the term "orbital debris", by the way.   

       Second, it suggests harpooning space junk, then gives a link to a project for harpooning space junk. How, then, is this an original idea?   

       Third, it suggests finding a way to get junk to the moon. It should be suggesting a way/method, not expecting somebody else to come up with one. Sending debris to the moon could be an idea, but just saying that we will colonize the moon someday isn't really justification or a reason. We'll be travelling through space first, and could use the stuff there. Dumping it on the moon---somehow---wouldn't be a good thing if we decide to build orbitting colonies first, and have to lift all the junk back up. So this needs a reason and a way to get the stuff to the moon.   

       Fourth, how the heck does all this work? Thrusters? Rockets? We have rockets, and we use rockets, and if we could afford to use rockets to move debris, we wouldn't be waiting on an HB post to suggest we do so.   

baconbrain, Oct 22 2012

       //NASA uses the term "orbital debris", by the way. // And Frank Zappa uses the term "Cosmic Debris."
sqeaketh the wheel, Oct 23 2012


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