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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 …

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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?

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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)

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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.

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Two words...

"Kessler syndrome"

Wikipedia article:

-- -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kessler_syndrome

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Project Westford

And, y'all probably thought Project Westford was a bad idea, too!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Westford

Dave

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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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