The Sky is falling! (30 Jan, 2020)

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The Sky is falling! (30 Jan, 2020)

Postby aardvark_admin » Thu Jan 30, 2020 7:00 am

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Keep an eye out for falling space-junk!

It seems that even satellites that were launched more than half a century ago are still up there and posing a risk of "space junk" in the skies over our heads.

I wonder how long before the problem becomes so bad that we start seeing critical infrastructure knocked out. This could become a chain-reaction scenario where a single significant collision (and resulting debris) could effectively take out other birds, which would take out other...

Should we be worried?
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Re: The Sky is falling! (30 Jan, 2020)

Postby hagfish » Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:20 am

It's going to be very busy up there if/when the Starlink constellation gets up around 42,000 satellites. They've already had one near miss. Collision avoidance manoeuvres are a fairly common occurrence, but maybe they need some kind of automated 'sense and avoid' system :)
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Re: The Sky is falling! (30 Jan, 2020)

Postby goosemoose » Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:41 am

Perhaps we could take a punt on impending disaster and buy all the paper map books around. They'd be worth fortune once GPS gets smashed!

Or worse all our cell phones would stop working because they couldn't send our location data to Facebook and Google!
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Re: The Sky is falling! (30 Jan, 2020)

Postby aardvark_admin » Thu Jan 30, 2020 10:04 am

goosemoose wrote:because they couldn't send our location data to Facebook and Google!

OMG... forget about the coronavirus... THIS is the real threat to mankind! :-)
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Re: The Sky is falling! (30 Jan, 2020)

Postby paulw » Thu Jan 30, 2020 4:45 pm

And the anguish when the Sky TV sat gets hit.
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Re: The Sky is falling! (30 Jan, 2020)

Postby phill » Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:01 pm

paulw wrote:And the anguish when the Sky TV sat gets hit.

ahhh
that would be optus D1
it also carries all the free to air that isn't serviced by DVB T
( ,,,,,,,, ....... A E I O U use em sparingly theres probably not enough )

i might live and eat in a sewer .. but hey look how many of these shiny things i have got
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Re: The Sky is falling! (30 Jan, 2020)

Postby jafaboarder » Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:20 pm

once mankind has burnt itself out earth will have a disk like saturn of junk around it and the saturnians will take photos of it and wonder how it formed naturally
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