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Spacecraft retrieval via helicopter ?

Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Kirk Gunn, Sep 8, 2004.

  1. Kirk Gunn

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  2. Seth--L

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    It's not that risky. The air force used to retrieve film from spy satellites in much the same way during the '60s, only they used C-119s instead of helicopters. To prove that capturing the film this way wouldn't damage it, they tested the procedure by hooking people!

    http://www.space.com/news/spacehisto...ty_000926.html
     
  3. Kirk Gunn

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    Thanks for the link ! Unfortunately it's a moot point...

    DUGWAY PROVING GROUND, UTAH -- A NASA spacecraft carrying bits of the Sun crashed into the Utah desert this morning, putting a disastrous ending to a long mission to bring back samples from the Sun.
     
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    Looks like they screwed it up, and the capsule crashed before the helicopters could snag it.

    Opps!

    Edit: Kirk beat me to it!
     
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    parachute apparently did not open.
     
  7. Malcolm R

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    Another NASA triumph!

    What a waste of money ($260 Million to be exact plus whatever they now spend studying what went wrong).

    They should just burn a pile of cash on the launch pad. It would be a lot faster and accomplish the same thing.
     
  8. Seth--L

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    Malcolm,

    Perhaps you could come up with better way to collect solar dust particles and bring them back to earth.
     
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    I can't think of any reason we need to collect solar dust particles in the first place.
     
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    Well, to understand more about our universe, for starters...
     
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    This is pretty darn funny. They spend months finding and training helicopter pilots to pull this thing out of the air and deliver it baby smooth to the ground, just to have it smash into the ground at top speed.

    Hooray for NASA!
     
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