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Calling RKBerta or any other space specialists.

During the latest launch there is an object that hurtles by the 1st stage booster during reentry. It is very close and seems to be decent size (maybe a few feet squared). It is clearly visible in the official SpaceX video of the launch. It starts right around 21:30. It is in the left frame of the split screen where they are showing the 1st stage videostream. Any ideas on what it is? I'm guessing a satellite, but would they normally allow a flight path that close to another craft?


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It looks like space junk in low orbit. There are plenty of decommissioned satellites up there, not always US stuff. Man that was close. Well observed Budget 1. Our skies are full of the stuff, some are charted some aren’t, especially if satellites collide and spread debris. Space agencies/Governments have been lazy and space garbage is just left to orbit.
Edit: Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about it.
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Kessler almost in effect.
Yep, Kessler Syndrome.
You’d think it would have been mandated internationally that all satellites have their own system to propel them out of orbit and burn up in re-entry once their usefulness expired. It seems not.
 

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Most “satellites” including orbital junk are tracked by NASA (down to the size of a bolt) for this reason.
Might this have come from the launch itself? I haven’t seen the video, just the still pic in this post.
Well spotted!
 

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actually there were two items that flew by around that time. the first item is much smaller but you can see it zoom past before the larger piece.
 

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Actually Space Debris is the least of the rockets worries
 

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Calling RKBerta or any other space specialists.

During the latest launch there is an object that hurtles by the 1st stage booster during reentry. It is very close and seems to be decent size (maybe a few feet squared). It is clearly visible in the official SpaceX video of the launch. It starts right around 21:30. It is in the left frame of the split screen where they are showing the 1st stage videostream. Any ideas on what it is? I'm guessing a satellite, but would they normally allow a flight path that close to another craft?


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I sent a request for an explanation to my support team at NASA/JPL. It does appear to be another satellite...size unknown. But it does have a considerable outline and size so not just a tiny object. By the way this mission from Space X is the bane of astronomers. They are planning on thousands of these small highly reflective satellites for a cell phone network. Professional astronomers are screaming as they are ruining the photos taken through ground based telescopes around the world. The answer from Tesla boss was "You don't need ground based telescopes....just put them in space." At the price of billions of additional dollars and the obsolescence of billions of dollars in earth based telescopes.
They mentioned that they are trying coatings to eliminate the bright reflections. In reality they sent 60 of these up and only one was coated for the test....the rest are still highly reflective.
But I guess having good cell phone coverage in every corner of the earth is more important than science 🤬
 

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I sent a request for an explanation to my support team at NASA/JPL. It does appear to be another satellite...size unknown. But it does have a considerable outline and size so not just a tiny object. By the way this mission from Space X is the bane of astronomers. They are planning on thousands of these small highly reflective satellites for a cell phone network. Professional astronomers are screaming as they are ruining the photos taken through ground based telescopes around the world. The answer from Tesla boss was "You don't need ground based telescopes....just put them in space." At the price of billions of additional dollars and the obsolescence of billions of dollars in earth based telescopes.
They mentioned that they are trying coatings to eliminate the bright reflections. In reality they sent 60 of these up and only one was coated for the test....the rest are still highly reflective.
But I guess having good cell phone coverage in every corner of the earth is more important than science 🤬
Thx for checking. It is an interesting topic.
 
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