Rods from God

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Nakey's picture
Beta Tester

yeah, there are one or two more issues with the system. for the moment it's totaly impractical.

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sal9000's picture
Master Mind

kind of feel like we already got them. you can deorbit a satellite. they say 10-40% of a satellite survives re-entry, depending on what its made from and thats on an orbit meant to burn it up.

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lawngnome's picture

The Flying Ginsu

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sal9000's picture
Master Mind

am i the only one that thought it was a chinese missile and the man on the left would be the average size of a chinese person....?

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phanto's picture

I've got three serious concerns with this idea.

 

1: If these de-orbit in an uncontrolled manner they will still function the same way as if they were sent to blow up a target, except that there will be no way to control where. It would likely end up blowing a crater in an unhabitated location or into the ocean. But it can also blow up someone's house, or a school, hospital, a block of skyscrapers, a nuclear reactor.... Just roll the dice and see what you get.

 

2: These will lead to a militarization of space and in the event of a conflict in space would result in the significant generation of space debris, making space completely unusable by humanty for centuries to come.

 

3: The escalation and paranoia caused by these weapons constantly floating above everyone's heads ready to be used at a moment's notice with no real countermeasures once launched would cripple world politics.

 

These should be outlawed by treaty before they start being developed.

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sal9000's picture
Master Mind

an uncontrolled de-orbit of the satellite isnt as big of a deal. the satellite and rods are in a stable orbit. its the rocket on the end of the rod that makes it go ballistic. so a a de-orbit thats not on the same trajectory is going to have it going thru the upper atmosphere a bunch of times, each pass loosing a bunch of speed until it goes into the lower atmosphere and starts to burn up some more. it really comes down to how much speed the satellite looses before the rods break free.

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The Evil Bat's picture

This is it. The beginning of one of the worst CoD's ever

CoD Ghost.

Building a super weapon that surrounds the planet, and pointing said super weapon at said planet, DOES NOT MAKE YOU THE GOOD GUYS!

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