A Cornell University postgrad student is offering enthusiasts the chance to get their own diminutive bit of kit into space, in the form of a miniature satellite. Zac Manchester's Sprite is a solar-powered board "about the size of a couple of postage stamps", which packs a "microcontroller and a radio for communicating with …
Re after two to three weeks, the Sprites will burn up
Can he guarantee they won't take out a satellite in those two or three weeks?
I suppose that it's possible, with about the same probability of you throwing a brick up in the air and taking out an airplane. (throwing while standing under a parked plane doesn't count!)
These things will be released at a lower altitude than sats normally orbit (hence why they won't last long)
Presumably normal satellites are not put into an orbit where they burn up in two to three weeks, and thus will not be in the line of fire. Alright, I know it's a bit more complicated than that, but I'm sure they're not going to shoot these into oncoming traffic.
-- -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kessler_syndrome
And, y'all probably thought Project Westford was a bad idea, too!
Feel the burn...
... I spent a £100 on fireworks last week so this would appear to be the next step in burning up my hard earned cash.
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