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Saturday, 12 November 2016

Space debris needs a traffic officer's intervention




Ever since the beginning of the 20th century man has always aspired to have a significant presence in outer Space. From the ambitions of great space pioneers such as Sergei Korolev, Neil Armstrong right upto our modern day space Giant Elon Musk, remarkable progress in space exploration has been made indeed. However, a new challenge on how we handle out of service spacecrafts has emerged and is proving to be a potential disaster if not quickly dealt with. When one gets an idea of just how many satellites are active out there it's really alarming. Space Congestion is soon becoming a reality. NASA's space debris analysis of 2013 discovered that more than 500,000 pieces of debris, or "spacejunk," are tracked as they orbit the earth. They all travel at speeds up to 17,500 mph, fast enough for a relatively small piece of orbital debris to damage a satellite or a spacecrafts. Surely as inhabitants of this amazing planet such information should be a wake up call especially if we are to succesfully become multiplanetary beings. Recently in north Myanmer a huge part of spacecraft tumbled down to the earth luckily causing less damage. Inspite of all this, I still think integrating small satellites into one block of identical function will prevent future collisions and significantly reduce on the number of satellites colonizing space. A knew set of rules need to be put in place to manage satellite traffic.
 
The sky really needs junk management 

       



Courtesy towards http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/, http://www.astronomy.com/ and Nasa for the insight and amazing images

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