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Darpa Wants Sensors To Find Low-Orbiting Debris
« on: December 17, 2013, 12:03:20 AM »

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Re: Darpa Wants Sensors To Find Low-Orbiting Debris
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2013, 06:23:16 AM »


It is needed, badly. We're pretty messy, as a species.
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Re: Darpa Wants Sensors To Find Low-Orbiting Debris
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2013, 11:09:28 AM »


It is needed, badly. We're pretty messy, as a species.

True enough, but in this case it's very difficult to avoid the mess they're worried about.  Even someone who qualified as a neat freak down here on terra firma would probably still drop enough stuff here and there to make a mess out of orbit.  10cm is about 4 inches or thereabouts, which is about the size of a largish bolt.  Spotting a 4 inch long bolt at 1,000 km without knowing beforehand where it is would be quite a feat.

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Re: Darpa Wants Sensors To Find Low-Orbiting Debris
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2013, 09:48:48 PM »
I think it will be used for an ulterior motive. Such detection of missile launches or ASAT capability by China. After all, this a DARPA project
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