ISS debris avoidance

Dec 3, 2021
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How likely is it for NASA to miss some mid-sized piece of space debris, resulting in said space debris impacting the ISS? Just curious.
 

Wolfshadw

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Apr 1, 2020
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Depends on what you consider, "mid-sized". The Space Surveillance Network can track objects as small as five centimeters in diameter (in low Earth orbit). Smaller objects, down to flecks of paint can still cause serious issues with orbiting satellites/space stations. The US Shuttle had to frequently replace it's windows due to such impacts.

-Wolf sends
 
Jan 28, 2022
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Shouldnt those who put stuff up there be responsible for the consequences like when it falls down? Like here you cant just dump stuff on the highways or let stuff block them
 

Catastrophe

"There never was a good war, or a bad peace."
So, sooner or later, there are going to be really serious occurrences which add so much to mission costings that they will become impracticable and space exploration will be costed out?

Or does this make transfer to Moon base essential at an early date?

Cat :)
 
Apr 20, 2022
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So, sooner or later, there are going to be really serious occurrences which add so much to mission costings that they will become impracticable and space exploration will be costed out?

Or does this make transfer to Moon base essential at an early date?
We need a moon as soon as possible.
 
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Even with software and folks watching the orbits of all this stuff, with literally millions of pieces of junk up there, one day it’ll be ‘Oops! We missed that one!’
 

Catastrophe

"There never was a good war, or a bad peace."
Ooops! Well, there was bound to be a bad crash sooner or later. It just happened sooner. Same imaginary time frame as #10 - don't worry now.

To what extent will this disaster affect the control of space development?

Cat :)
 
May 14, 2021
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Like any other human endeavor, we just keep going as long as funding holds out until something major happens, then we’ll try to fix it with bandaids.
 

Catastrophe

"There never was a good war, or a bad peace."
I am envisaging that, if we continue to pollute space environs, and that if we wish to build Moon base(s), let alone Mars manned landing(s), there will be conflict between manned flights and increased pollution.

If we wish to 'visit' Moon and/or Mars with view to bases " twere best done quickly ". If left too long, pollution will interfere with base traffic. Base traffic will be considerably more expensive than local garbage precursors.

Cat :)
 

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