Thursday, May 30, 2013

More on the Ecuador satellite collision

A couple of days ago I posted about my fulfilled prediction when Ecuador's first satellite had the misfortune to orbit through some old Russian rocket space junk, significantly damaging the Ecuadorian microsat.

Now someone has made the bold suggestion that one way to deal with the problem is to hold the countries responsible for the junk that did the damage responsible for the damages.

I tend to think that this might not work, but I'm guessing that this incident will raise awareness among the powers that orbit satellites that space junk is becoming an increasingly worrisome, and potentially very expensive, problem.

Here's a picture of the satellite, with some people in the picture to show how big it wasn't.  But it was still Ecuador's first working satellite in space.

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