[amsat-bb] Re: Can we get them to fix AO-40 first then?
rogerkola at aol.com
Sun Oct 11 12:11:17 PDT 2009
Actually they are referring to the Geostationary Sats at the equator.
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From: "Michael Tondee" <mat_62 at netcommander.com>
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Sent: Sunday, October 11, 2009 1:29 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Can we get them to fix AO-40 first then?
> I'm sure you are joking with the AO-40 reference. No one is interested
> in helping amateurs put new sats into orbit much less fixing one of our
> broken ones. :-)
> Michael, W4HIJ
> David - KG4ZLB wrote:
> > Rogue satellites to be cleared from Earth's orbit by German robots
> > German-built robots are to be sent into Earth's orbit to repair 'dead
> > satellites' or push them into outer space, according to a report in
> > Sunday's Guardian newspaper.
> > Robots that rescue failing satellites and push 'dead' ones into outer
> > space should be ready in four years, it has emerged. Experts described
> > the development by German scientists as a crucial step in preventing a
> > disaster in the Earth's crowded orbit.
> > Last year it was reported that critical levels of debris circling the
> > Earth were threatening astronauts' lives and the future of the
> > multibillion-pound satellite communications industry. But senior figures
> > at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) told the /Observer/ they have been
> > given the go-ahead to tackle a crisis that will come to a head in the
> > next five to 10 years as more orbiting objects run out of fuel.
> > Their robots will dock with failing satellites to carry out repairs or
> > push them into "graveyard orbits", freeing vital space in geostationary
> > orbit. This is the narrow band 22,000 miles above the Earth in which
> > orbiting objects appear fixed at the same point. More than 200 dead
> > satellites litter this orbit. Within 10 years that number could increase
> > fivefold, the International Association for the Advancement of Space
> > Safety has warned.
> > You can read the full article / 'Rogue satellites to be cleared from
> > Earth's orbit by German robots'/ at:
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