Re: ISS EVA to jetttison floating point probe

Date: Fri Nov 04 2005 - 15:50:36 EST

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    In a message dated 11/4/2005 2:55:41 AM Pacific Standard Time, writes:
    >>Presumably as it is deliberately "launched" it is debris rather  than a 
    fragment - or will it be an object in its own right?   :-)<<
    I'd call it "floating point probe" in any table of earth satellites. It  
    would certainly be "debris" (in the long run, once it has outlasted its use),  and 
    since it is deliberately launched it would not be a "fragment."
    We need a term for a nondescript object (that is, one that is  otherwise 
    unidentified) in orbit that is not a fragment from an  on-orbit breakup, an object 
    that is in orbit because it (presumably) was  deliberately put there during 
    the course of the satellite launch or operation.  As Jonathan McDowell says, 
    the old term "metal object" won't do any more (unless  the object is in fact 
    made of metal). Perhaps "hardware"?
    "Floating point probe hardware" (if the probe is a part of something  
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