[FPSPACE] harbinger of Kessler? space junk takes out a bird

robot at ultimax.com robot at ultimax.com
Fri Dec 27 19:15:20 EST 2019


Assuming that the s/c was pressurized to about 1 atmosphere, that must 
have been one heckuva hole to produce enough thrust for "sudden orbit 
change".  Sounds like more than a "micrometeorite" to me.

I'm surprised that unmanned Russian technical s/c are still cooled this 
way.  I understand why Soviet reconsats were ~60 years ago, b/c the 
vehicle was derived from a manned craft, and early Soviet electronic 
components generated a ton of heat.  But still?


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