Military Weather Satellite exploded in space

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    dpeters11

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    elaclair

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    I wonder how much of a concern the debris field will be?
     
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    A little research finds that this was in a Sun-synchronous orbit polar orbit. It appears it was a low orbit satellite. Could not find the altitude of the orbit for this satellite but I would think that information is out there somewhere.
     
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    Looks to be an altitude of 450 nautical miles, about 200 miles higher than ISS, I'd assume this satellite had a similar orbit to the rest of the network.
     
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    There does not seem to be anything they can do with defunct low orbit satellites. No way to put them into the junk orbit above GSO. These low orbit satellites need to be designed to deorbit into the oceans after they are not longer operational. This would make it necessary to design them to be eco friendly but something needs to be done with all the junk floating out there. How they can launch a satellite without hitting any junk is beyond me.
     
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    I would think at the low an orbit, and after exploding, it will eventually degrade and burn up in the atmosphere.
     
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    I knew I should have point that Illudium Q36 Explosive Space Demoudulator that way.
     
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    Similar to how we don't worry about the asteroid belt when we send a spacecraft out there. While it's becoming a bigger issue, space junk is spread apart, and we track most of it.
     
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    One of the problems with satellites returning to earth is things like bolts made of titanium. They don't burn up. There's no way to control where it would re-enter either.
     
  10. yosoyellobo

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    Now one more thing to worry about. :)
     
  11. dettxw

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    I would have used the Continuum Transfunctioner.
     
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    We were discussing this whole situation at work. I worked on the non-military version of DMSP and there really seems little possibility that a hardware failure could cause this. Makes me wonder if the heat was imposed through an outside source...
     
  13. yosoyellobo

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    You win the could this be a conspiracy award.
     
  14. SayWhat?

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    Sounds like the Multifunction Discombulation Coordination Compensator didn't.
     
  15. dmspen

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    SHHHH! No one is supposed to know about that!
     
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    I know nothing.
     
  17. inkahauts

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    I wouldn't be surprised if we tested some laser to shoot it down.
     

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