Questions tagged [debris]

Questions about debris in space, often in Earth orbit. Usually referring to nonoperational man-made satellites or parts of satellites.

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Could two space ships, traveling at different times, pass through the same space?

This question flows from the recent question Would rocket engine exhaust create pockets of gas in space which could hinder further space exploration? it talks about daily Earth — Moon trips If we ...
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SSA Sensors in Space - game changer?

I'm curious about the space-based sensor networks that seem to be an upcoming means of tracking Resident Space Objects (RSO). I'd like to know more ...
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How fast is space debris travelling? [duplicate]

How fast is orbital debris travelling? I believe the speeds would vary based on the debris size, so what would be the range of velocities in that case?
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How to clear the way for a space elevator?

In the answer to this question about space elevators, the poster mentioned that the elevator cable would pass through a debris cloud as it moved through lower orbits. I presume most of that material ...
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Orbital decay - does it apply to space debris? [duplicate]

Question 1 - orbital decay - does it apply to space debris? Why so many debris continue to circle earth while ISS needs to be boosted to stay flying? Is it because most debris are higher where ...
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1 kiloton nuclear device to clear up debris and dust to expose the iron-nickel core for open-pit mining (on M-Type asteroids)?

My understanding is that initial acceleration from the blast and following solar wind will clear the area around the asteroid for spacecraft navigation (in reasonable time). A 2-3 kilometer M-type ...
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The Space Debris Problem: Can a shuttle-style spaceplane even make a dent in it? [closed]

I'm a bit of a shuttle geek. Ask me what my favorite spaceplane is, I'll say the space shuttle! (Specifically, Discovery, since it launched my favorite telescope, Hubble!) While the shuttles ...
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