Reply to post: One wonders what the future of satellites and space explorations is going to be...

FYI: Mind how you go. We're more or less oblivious to 75% of junk in geosynchronous orbits around Earth

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One wonders what the future of satellites and space explorations is going to be...

Considering that in not quite 60 years mankind has increasingly filled up Earth orbit with dangerous debris. It's both a case of people using orbital space as a commons, so they don't take responsibility for maintaining it or using it wisely. That, plus the "chicken and egg" problem that relying on chemical rockets, we don't have an efficient way to launch things into orbit, so between that and general costs we launch satellites that are as light as possible, and there is no economical way to launch missions to clean up orbital debris. As you can see from the article, the lightly constructed satellites break up more readily, so they shed more debris, which cause more danger of structural damage to still more lightly constructed satellites, and so on, and so on.

I have NO idea what it will be, but we need a way to get out of Earth's gravity well much more efficiently than chemical rockets. Until then, we are going to keep putting more junk into orbit than we can remove from orbit.

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