space junk http://kplu.org en Space is full of junk; Boeing files plan to fix that http://kplu.org/post/space-full-junk-boeing-files-plan-fix <p>Here’s a solution for space junk – gas it.</p><p>A Boeing engineer from Seattle, Michael Dunn, has <a href="http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&amp;Sect2=HITOFF&amp;p=1&amp;u=/netahtml/PTO/search-bool.html&amp;r=1&amp;f=G&amp;l=50&amp;co1=AND&amp;d=PG01&amp;s1=20120241562.PGNR.&amp;OS=DN/20120241562&amp;RS=DN/20120241562">filed a patent</a> for a method of dragging parts, pieces and defunct satellites into the atmosphere where they will burn up.</p><blockquote><p>Geek speak: “… the method comprising hastening orbital decay of the debris by creating a transient gaseous cloud at an altitude of at least 100 km above Earth, the cloud having a density sufficient to slow the debris so the debris falls into Earth's atmosphere,” according to the document.</p></blockquote><p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 23:18:12 +0000 Jake Ellison 6675 at http://kplu.org Space is full of junk; Boeing files plan to fix that