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mission to recover / reuse Snap-10-A

Posted by: Sigma - Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:00 am
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Post mission to recover / reuse Snap-10-A   Posted on: Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:00 am
There is a machine in space, in orbit, that can produce 500 watts forever...

is this worth recovering?

can we retrieve it, and use it for another purpose?

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Post Re: mission to recover / reuse Snap-10-A   Posted on: Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:53 am
According to Wiki, Snap-10-A is a wreck. More an orbital debris hazard than useful.

Its amazing how fast and loose they played with dangerous stuff back then...


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Post Re: mission to recover / reuse Snap-10-A   Posted on: Mon Nov 24, 2014 11:48 pm
Someone should send up a small cube sat to see what is happening with it?

(it's a blessing or a curse, we should know which it is...)

if it's salvageable and in orbit, someone should send up a larger ion drive sat, to grab and reuse it.... 850 years is a long time to push....)

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Post Re: mission to recover / reuse Snap-10-A   Posted on: Wed Nov 26, 2014 12:21 am
Sigma wrote:
Someone should send up a small cube sat to see what is happening with it?

(it's a blessing or a curse, we should know which it is...)

if it's salvageable and in orbit, someone should send up a larger ion drive sat, to grab and reuse it.... 850 years is a long time to push....)


Despite your idea likely to make some lawyers rich down here. I do like the idea of a privateering cube sat recycling thermoelectric nuclear cores for long term science missions and at least it would get them out of the way and prevent terrorist nutters and or regimes deliberately crashing them into populated areas which will become more and more possible as more space nations and companies come into being.

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