Gallery: Scientist Proposes Blowing Away Space Debris Using Massive Bur...


Space debris (the clutter of dead, lost satellites, rocket boosters and other astronautical junk caught up in Earth’s orbit) poses an increasing problem as it circles the globe. Proposed solutions have ranged from a DARPA-developed ‘space mitt‘ to a Swiss ‘space janitor,’ but the Space Debris Elimination initiative put forward by Daniel Gregory of Raytheon BBN Technologies proposes a theoretically simpler option. Gregory hopes that space debris could be forced out of orbit, or massively slowed down, if it were to pass through a giant ‘pulse’ of atmospheric gases fired from the Earth’s surface. Once interrupted by atmospheric gases, the debris would enter Earth’s atmosphere and largely burn up.

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  1. xcman April 9, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I wonder if they took into account in the figure 1 in several trillion of getting hit by space junk that the total space humans take up occupying the earth and not just 1 person.
    I’m more interested on if it is possible for anyone to get hit, not the odds of me getting hit as an individual! 😛 Although that is important too! lol

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