Saturday, February 14, 2009

Drive By news

SUV shot up

The story behind that SUV picture involves an F-16 fighter and a target range.
"The cause of the accident was the failure of the pilot to positively identify the intended target during the nighttime, close air support training sortie," the news release said.
The soldiers in the SUV only suffered minor injuries. I wonder if they now suffer from reoccurring nightmares. You can see in the above picture, what a 20 mm gun can do to the finish on your car. (here's a link)


In recent news:
(High above Siberia) A Russian spacecraft pulled out in front of a Iridium spacecraft. Looks like a case of an elderly spacecraft not judging the safe distance before pulling out into a lane of traffic. The resulting crash left a cloud of debris.

Russian - ? - maybe vodka was involved ?

It would be interesting to see the accident report sent to Iridium's insurance agent.

It's dangerous to have all these chunks of spacecraft scattered around waiting for another unsuspecting spacecraft to hit it. The international space station has bumpers or shields to protect it. These safety measures go by the non-reassuring name of "Whipple bumpers".

While checking out this story I came across this NASA program:
Orbital Debris Program Office

Sounds like a space age version of animal control programs that pick up roadkill. Now we are dealing with spacekill and debris scattered in orbit.
Here's one of many pictures they have of destructive debris impacts.


space debris nasa





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5 comments:

Shane at Environmental Health-Wellness-Beauty said...

Love this. I have been thinking abnout space junk lately. It seems like NASA is on this like white on rice.

lisleman said...

@ shane thanks for feedback
I do wonder if it will only get worst with more stuff waiting to fall or crash. Now there are more possible sources of spacecraft - China, India

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Shane at Environmental Health- said...

Love this. I have been thinking abnout space junk lately. It seems like NASA is on this like white on rice.

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