Re: Not the orbital kitty video delivery system
It is not humanly possible to de=orbit anything by throwing it backwards, I can't be bothered to find it but Scott Manley has debunked this in one of his videos.
Page 20 of that PDF contradicts your words where it says the first 9 Falcon 9 flights:
"• Left in LEO to decay == This has been the case for Falcon 1 Flights 4 & 5 which remain in a nearly equatorial LEO to this day, as well as the first 5 Falcon 9 flights - of which COTS1
performed an unannounced upper stage restart boosting it into a 290x10,700km orbit &
CASSIOPE, which attempted a "sideways" upper stage restart which failed, stranding it in a
900km polar orbit. "
BTW I think that PDF comes across very disjointed and poorly put together which is surprising considering the author of the PDF is a Journalist and was an aerospace engineer. Perhaps he is past his best.:-(