On 03/13/2018 10:47 AM, Christopher Robin wrote:
With all the noise around this launch, I haven’t been able to find info
on expected operational lifespan vs expected orbit decay. LEO’s can
still last for decades. The only thing I’m finding is an expected use
for 6mo to 2yr, but not sure how long after that the Spaceebee will stay
in orbit and/or be responsive with positional data.
While just 4 of these things in space isn’t a major concern, rogue
launching objects into space isn’t a scalable solution. This is
especially true as the cost of launching comes down into the “cheap”
startup range. These types of companies aren’t usually concerned 25yr
impact plans, and most wont last long enough to be around to assist if
any problems occur past that 2-3yr window.
To possibly bring this tangent back to the topic for this list...
A space start-up launching inexpensive devices into orbit with no plans
for support, upgrades, or disposal is not totally unlike the situation
we're in with consumer routers and other IoT things. When you think of
it on that scale it gets quite a bit more scary....
It's the standard business tricks of shifting profit forward at the
expense of the future and externalization of costs.
(The nuclear industry is another good example, but that's a whole other
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