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Comment: Re:hmm. (Score 1) 224

by byronf (#26915569) Attached to: Hubble Repair Mission At Risk

4) pre-emptive removal of dead satalites (no, not shooting them down from earth - attaching small moters to send them into the atmosphere) - maybe steering them into a declining orbit as the last thing they do before swithing them off

This is second hand, but I had friends who worked on the Iridium project, and from what I understand all the Iridium satellites were equipped with a system to take them out of orbit and burn up in the atmosphere at the end of life. In fact, I believe that the satellites will deorbit automatically if they loose contact with ground for a certain period of time. I recall this was a concern on a couple of occasions because right after launch they lost contact.

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+ - "Expert" claims scientists prone to be ter

Submitted by byronf
byronf writes: Rohan Gunaratna, a supposed "expert" on terrorism, claims that technical people are more susceptible to being terrorists. Rohan is the author of a book called "Inside Al Qaeda", and head of Terrorism Research at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Rohan appeared on CNN's "American Morning" show where he was asked to comment on the latest bombing in Glasgow. Anchor John Roberts asked the question: "You say Rohan that people who study science are particularly vulnerable to recruitment. Why is that?" Rohan responded: "It is because those who are in the technical professions, lack an understanding of religion. And Osama bin Laden and those ideologues are constantly misrepresenting the religion to attract recruits. And a person who has very limited understanding of religion and the arts may be more vulnerable, more susceptible". The transcript is here.

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