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3/15/2012 00:47 AM EDT
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DrQuine
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re: NASA: Robot arm demos satellite repair
DrQuine   3/18/2012 8:32:58 PM
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If unmanned systems can rejuvenate functional satellites and eliminate space junk, it would be a great advance. The robotic repair station would need sufficient fuel to boost functional satellites into higher orbits (if they suffered orbital decay) and then move onto the next candidate. In the case of space junk, would it make more sense to (A) push unwanted debris into a trajectory that would maximize burn-up time and minimize impact hazards to humans, (B) bring it to a collection point for return to earth for analysis, or (C) push it into a trajectory that would accelerate the object near earth and then have it fling off into outer space?

nicolas.mokhoff
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re: NASA: Robot arm demos satellite repair
nicolas.mokhoff   3/15/2012 2:05:32 PM
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A huge step for mankind and robotics! Repositioning satellites to avoid collisions and falling space debris is not a trivial matter. Maybe NASA should work with EPA? nah, too political.

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