Bad news: A company wants to sell artificial shooting stars.
How about treating the idiots who came up with this to a cranial-impact-induced star-viewing experience? Repeated as necessary.
As ISS astronauts get cracking with the next AMS spacewalk, take a moment to look back at the week in rockets. Arianespace celebrated its 250th launch, Russia and India fired off some of their own, and Rocket Lab spared us all more space junk. Rocket Lab delays artificial meteor shower after umbilical problems Rocket Lab's " …
I'm betting somebody is already working on huge orbital billboards for advertisement. *sob*
Just as soon as the optics work you'll be getting treated to the "Moon Laser" (tm) - which will advertise, for a fee, to everyone on the dark part of the planet whatever message/logo the corp with the deepest pockets that day desires.
It'll only end when the tech becomes cheap enough that "we" can overwrite it with lasers of our own, the proliferation of which will eventually ensure a turd brown moon nightly.
I would have thought that RocketLab have demonstrated a commendable commitment to reliability by postponing their launch until they can be even more sure of mission success. Their reliability may come at the cost of schedule, but a slip to the right on timetable is far preferable to an unexpected disassembly of flight hardware.
The Ariane 5 launch mentioned later in the story was postponed several times before it's eventual, successful, launch, but, correctly, no comment was made about its reliability.
personally, I would have imagined that a Co about to try and release man made meteorites, would have pressed ahead with the launch come what may, as surely, if it DID go TITSUP then they would merely have added to the planet bound observers pleasure in the meteor shower generated ?
are calling for the deaths of people
It's your reading comprehension that appears to be dead. The suggestion was to hit the idiots who came up with this with heavy objects so that they would be seeing stars, instead of expending launch capacity for something as frivolous as "shooting stars on demand". And if you hit them so hard they expire they won't be seeing those stars and no repeat treatment would be indicated.
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