Tech company wants to launch ‘space harpoon’ to clean up debris

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Tech company wants to launch ‘space harpoon’ to clean up debris
By Mike Krumboltz | The Sideshow – 20 hrs ago

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European technology company Astrium has an out-of-the-box plan to get rid of all the old satellites and junk cluttering up outer space. The idea: a space harpoon.

Yahoo's Buzz60 explains that after more than 50 years of space exploration, there's a lot of debris floating around. The more debris, the more likely something could collide with a working satellite or spacecraft.

Enter the proposed space harpoon. Though just an idea at the moment, the huge harpoon supposedly could be used to scoop up of tens of thousands of pieces of debris.

Buzz60 explains that the harpoon would be launched at a piece of debris, which it would then tow to be burned up in the atmosphere.

The harpoon is just one plan for giving outer space a good spring cleaning. Experts will discuss all the ideas at an upcoming meeting in Germany.

As for the space harpoon, Buzz60 reports that Astrium will have it ready for testing within three years.
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OilyJillFart

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Shitty article. Is this device designed to pull one satellite into a calculated re-entry trajectory? That seems like a good idea, although expensive and complicated..
Or is it supposed to sweep up tens of thousands of pieces of debris? That seems impossible, to chase after all these randomly orbiting things.

The article implies both functions.
 

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I wonder if it would take less energy to somehow push all this junk out of orbit so it just floats off in space?

Guarantee some "environmentalists" would have an issue with that.
 

Lord Zero

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After this goes up, we'll all be feasting on space blubber.
 

Norm Stansfield

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Replacing a satellite or two if they were to ever be damaged by space debris is a lot cheaper than building a magical space harpoon.
 

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Don't we have lasers now?

If so, my suggestion is lasers.

If not, build some fucking lasers!
 

Norm Stansfield

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Don't we have lasers now?

If so, my suggestion is lasers.

If not, build some fucking lasers!
Lasers don't move objects, they cut them. What we need is a giant glue gun. Glue all the objects together, into the shape of a cock. Then we have a nice artificial cock shaped second moon.
 

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Lasers don't move objects, they cut them. What we need is a giant glue gun. Glue all the objects together, into the shape of a cock. Then we have a nice artificial cock shaped second moon.
Nothing will display the masculinity of our species like a giant phallus in the sky. It would be worth the trillions of dollars just to piss off that Canadian feminist from the "Women" thread.
 

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Lasers don't move objects, they cut them. What we need is a giant glue gun. Glue all the objects together, into the shape of a cock. Then we have a nice artificial cock shaped second moon.
Actually, lasers could be used. Use the right kind of laser to heat one side of the space junk, and the radiated heat could cause a shift in orbit. Time the pulses correctly, and hit the junk just right, and you could knock it out of orbit. NASA has considered a similar concept for redirecting asteroids or comets on a collision course with Earth.
 

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