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The Sky Isn't Falling And That's A Problem

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by Staff Writers for Launchespace.com
Bethesda MD (SPX) Oct 24, 2008
Chicken Little was wrong. We all know that. But, today we would like the sky to fall, because, in the space business there is too much in low Earth orbit - too much man-made debris, that is.

This stuff is clogging up active satellite traffic lanes and like most big cities, traffic is getting worse. We are approaching gridlock and when that happens space will be inaccessible to all.

There will be no safe launches and no viable space applications. This means there will be no more GPS navigation, no more weather data from space and no more satellite television. And, no one is doing anything about cleaning up space.

Are we going to just sit around and wait for this celestial gridlock to overtake us? There is a good chance this worst-case scenario will happen, unless we act soon.

Many solutions have been proposed, but virtually all have been shown to be unrealistically complex, too expensive or in violation of those darn laws of physics.

Launchspace is looking for new ideas on how to clean up space and you can help! If you have any ideas on how to eliminate space debris, please send them to us at info@launchspace.com. We'll gather up your ideas and report the results in a future editorial.

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