Watch India launch a record 104 satellites in one mission


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#2

At what point does it get like ‘Gravity’ up there?


#3

Somebody is gonna have to clean that stuff up you know.


#4

It kind of just looks like they are throwing cell phones into space.


#5

I dunno. They’re more about the size of a WWII battlefield radio:

The satellite has a much more powerful transmitter, though, despite having fewer vacuum tubes. (-:


#6

We don’t know for sure (chaotic factors involved), but probably fairly soon unless we figure out a practical way to clean up the orbits.


#7

electrodynamic tethers are rather promising as they are generally simple constructs.

though the experimental one attached to JAXA’s HTV-6 mission failed to deploy a few days ago, simple is unfortunately not identical with easy to build ; )


#8

They will out last us all…


#9

There doesn’t seem to be any attitudinal control; it looks like they are leaving the spacecraft with all kinds of odd and inconsistent angular momentum and there’s no indication of (or room for) any maneuver capability in the satellites.

I have this odd image in my head of a spacesuited Indian man shoveling them out a hatch, but maybe I’ve been reading too much 1930s science fiction lately.

Contrast the MMS, which only has 4 nodes, but literally flies through space in precise formation.


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