Doug Vining Dusting away the junk

Here's an innovative way to remove tiny pieces of space debris - with dust. But it's also possible that this idea would create more problems than it would solve, especially for those micro-satellites that don't want to be abraded by a dust storm.
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Posted: 12 April 2011 at 14:30

Doug Vining It's getting crowded up there

Yesterday SpaceX sent another Dragon spacecraft into orbit atop a Falcon 9 rocket. Now Dragon is chasing the International Space Station and in the next few days will dock with the station, delivering cargo and bringing back the garbage.

But the amount of junk up there is already frightening, not only for astronauts, but also all those satellites we have come to depend on for global communications. And we are launching more all the time. Which means it's only a matter of time before a scenario, like the one in this MindBullet, becomes a reality.
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Posted: 8 October 2012 at 17:00

Doug Vining Recycling space trash

As this MindBullet suggests, the accumulation of junk orbiting the earth will eventually cause problems for earth-bound communications. Perhaps this idea of sending up robots to take out the garbage is a good one?
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Posted: 6 February 2013 at 12:50

Doug Vining Space crash

The scenario discussed in this MindBullet seems quite likely in the light of this news story.

This time the crash didn't take out major communications networks, but who knows what will happen next time? There will be a next time; the probability only increases with each additional satellite launch.
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Posted: 9 March 2013 at 20:45

Doug Vining Fishing for space junk

As we wrote in our MindBullet long, long ago there's a whole lot of junk orbiting the earth and it's getting more and more crowded. One crash can cause a chain reaction, and that would be bad news for all of us. Now Japan is sending up a net to do some fishing. Magnetically of course.
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Posted: 22 January 2014 at 17:04
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