Friday, September 4, 2009

Space Junk -- DUCK!

http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/090904-sts128-space-junk-pass.html

My solution...

The Waste Management X-Prize.

$1 billion to the company that develops the best method for cleaning up LEO. :)

10 comments:

Norman Copeland said...

While I'm thinking of how a virgo would think of practical methods this might interest the scholars...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Mtx_mOnogk

Douglas Mallette said...

Norman, will you stop posting links to music and videos dang it. lol.

Norman Copeland said...

I've had this idea for a number of years, if we have a space platform that has robots with magnets that can go and get the 'space junk' and bring the junk to the platform we could re use the material or practical useage.

Because these are like rovers they could actually transport the material to places like the moon [drop the material/material falls out of orbit in a chartered lunar orbit with the same stealth planning we use to deposit first stage rocket boosters above the ocean.

I know, 250, 000 miles is a long way and a long shipping lane, but, with these depots for 'junk' transport we could actually re emphasise the use for multi stage rockets utilising the spent rocket sections for other uses.

These robots could deliver the rocket booster metal from our ''low earth orbit'' material to the moon[LEO... We should remember to use the entire wording of these abreviations sometimes for the novices...].

I think it would be a worthy commercial business use for the international space station if it is offered for public sale.

http://www.gaussboys.com/pages.php?pageid=5

Douglas Mallette said...

The catch is that the majority of satellites aren't made of magnetic materials. If you made them that way, the Earth's EM field would mess with your craft. Titanium and other non magnetic metals and materials are generally what is floating up there.

Norman Copeland said...

I guess the direct question is how to utilise magnetism for liftoff and steering craft, positioning bases hovering {on and off our planet}...

Building magnetic powered engines that recieve information for inertia/momentum powering may be realistic with this sort of approach...

Repetative teleporting magnetic energy...


http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,20527963-5005961,00.html

Norman Copeland said...

China has built maglev trains that operate from Shanghei and from its airport...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glCNP6qH_Dc

but, obviously controlling orbits with this science is something to think about [if the teleporting of magnetism is possible]...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icpGonZljvA&feature=related,

Marcel F. Williams said...

Collecting space junk could be valuable if it were reprocessed into mass shielding for orbital space stations for protection from radiation and micrometeorites.

Douglas Mallette said...

Marcel - The manufacturing process in space to accomplish that would be a special challenge.

Marcel F. Williams said...

You'd need an orbiting solar powered metal crushing and grinding machine somewhat similar to such machines on Earth. Whether this can be done economically, I don't know. It would depend if it were cheaper to ship tonnes of mass shielding from Earth than it would be to reprocess material already in orbit.

But you'd probably need a heavy lift vehicle to place it into orbit.

Norman Copeland said...

These panels look easy enough to produce from recycled metal, perhaps they could be used to melt ice and release oxygen to create atmospheric stimulation...

[Terraforming]...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_Ctw3zA2F4