Op vs Inop

From: Q (blanders@indy.rr.com)
Date: Mon Aug 26 2013 - 04:53:05 UTC

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    The "Satellite Guy" mentions a difference in flares & flashes attributed to
    operational and non-operational satellites. Concerning the large number of
    cataloged objects that is steadily growing, I would like to ask 3 questions:
    
    1.	If we subtract all the tools, parts, space suits, panels, boosters
    and other junk, roughly, what is the ratio of actual operational payloads
    and those still mechanically intact     	satellite platforms that
    have failed from fuel exhaustion, battery or power failure and so on?
    
    2.	Roughly, what is the number of failed satellites that are
    purposefully parked in graveyards or abandoned verses those that are forced
    to de-orbit?
    
    3.	Do the members of this group believe that adequate policies are in
    place to reduce the amount of junk in earth's orbit?
    
    Thanks.
    Quin
    Long time observer, long time lurker.
    
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