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Submission + - Boeing proposes using gas clouds to bring down orbital debris (gizmag.com) 1

cylonlover writes: Boeing has filed a patent for a method of disposing of dead satellites and other debris orbiting the earth by hitting them with a puff of gas. The method, which is still at the conceptual stage, is designed to slow down satellites, forcing them to re-enter the atmosphere without sending up more space junk that itself will need disposing of. The idea is to send a small satellite into orbit containing a gas generator. This generator can be a tank of cryogenic gas, such as xenon or krypton, or a device designed to vaporize a heavy metal or some relatively heavy elements like fluorine, chlorine, bromine, or iodine. This gas would be released as a cloud in the same orbit as the debris, but traveling in the opposite direction.
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Boeing proposes using gas clouds to bring down orbital debris

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  • I like the idea of using gas but of course the problem,as always ,is getting up there without causing more pollution due to failed launches .

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