Australia To Do Its Part Fighting Space Junk

You know that scene in Wall-E where the rocket blasts through a seemingly impenetrable layer of crap orbiting the planet? Europe doesn't want that to happen, so they drafted up some guidelines to prevent it. Turns out Australia doesn't want it to happen either, as K-Rudd announced yesterday.

The Former PM decided to let space junk have it in his announcement of support for the EU's guidelines:

"Everything from aircraft and ship navigation, to electronic commerce, communications, climate monitoring and disaster management, not to mention many of our defence systems, all rely on satellites.

"But all that's being put at risk by the growing possibility of collisions with satellites and space vehicles."

As it happens, the US has also agreed it needs to do something to counter the growing amount of debris orbiting the planet, with Hillary Clinton announcing its support of anti-Space Junk initiatives. However, as it stands, it doesn't support the EU's current draft guidelines. According to Clinton:

"As we begin this work, the United States has made clear to our partners that we will not enter into a code of conduct that in any way constrains our national security-related activities in space or our ability to protect the United States and our allies,"

At least we know now that should we ever use up all the planet's resources and need to become gelatinous blobs in space, our probes will be able to break through the hopefully limited quantities of space junk orbiting the planet. Hopefully...

[via The Register]


Comments

    Australia to "fight space junk"? Haha ha ha, how? Shoot it down? Ha ha!
    As for America, they should cop at least 50% of the cost to remove it, though i see by the statement " the United States has made clear to our partners that we will not enter into a code of conduct that in any way constrains our national security-related activities in space or our ability to protect the United States and our allies,”. What? They won't accept responsibility? Do they think they own "Space"? Ha ha! What is Mr Rudd going to do? Take them to court? Ha ha!

    LMAO!
    "Hillary Clinton announcing its support"

    It's a she (I think!)

      Hillary Clinton was speaking as an elected representative of the US (which was mentioned earlier in the sentence) - and I'm pretty sure the US isn't a "she". I see nothing wrong here.

    "...that scene in Wall-E where the rocket blasts through a seemingly impenetrable layer of crap orbiting the planet..."

    The fact that you've seen that movie enough times to take note of, and remember, a less than 3 second sequence amongst a 90+ minute movie shows that you're a parent :P

      Seen it once, remember that bit (also a parent).

        Seen it once, cried four times.

          Seen it 4 times, cried evertime before I watched because I didnt want to watch such a shit movie

            crying about it now, not a parent

              I'm crying as well, what are we crying about?

    Dang typos. I meant "... reduces any credibility you have..."

    Its amazing what an animation can do in real life:)

    FYI

    http://www.eos-aus.com/?pid=17

    How dare you refer to a government minister is such derogatory terms. You should be ashamed of yourself.

    Pity someone wouldn't start by cleaning up the US.

    there is an easy rule to make this not happen.
    "if you put anything into space, it must be removed when no longer operational, this includes all debris and non reusable parts."
    If you can't afford to clean up behind yourself, you don't get to put it up, fullstop.
    At least that way it might spark private interest in near earth orbit cleaning companies, JJ Richards Space Division anyone?

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