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    Default How does the space station survive the damages caused by debris in space?



    How does the space station, its solar panels and the satellites in space survive the potential damages caused by the different size of debris in space?

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    Well given the size of space i think its a longshot to run into debri that you didnt know was there, Upon googling there is a branch that moniters orbits of space debri or junk potentially harmful to space station and sattelites! "Space Forces"
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    Well thats for the good ol' NORAD boys, who track big debris and warn the ISS it there is a big one heading their way.
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    They raise their deflector shields of course!

    As the other said, they actually track all the junk floating around up in space and just avoid it.

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    As David was saying above , The bigger pieces get flown around and the smaller pieces get absorbed by the space blanket padding everything is wrapped in ..The padding is made of multiple layers of kevlar fibers and space blanket material ...
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    The whipple shield and the MLIS are the two I know about. the whipple turns dust grains into a plasma after hitting a spaced foil shield. The MLIS has been mentioned before.

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    Where canm i get a space blanket???
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    I've often wondered about that myself. While I understand that they track debris, I'm curious to know what contingencies they have in place in the event of an impact.

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    Coming across debris is probably a lot more infrequent than you'd think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wllsrvive View Post
    How does the space station, its solar panels and the satellites in space survive the potential damages caused by the different size of debris in space?
    On a serious note:
    Most of the people who said that space junk is too sparse to encounter are basically right. The other thing - all the bits rotate around the Earth in the same direction (which made it easier to push them into the orbit) - and roughly at the same speed given their orbit. So ISS does not need any armor - maybe just a bit of clever design for protection from micro-meteors.

 

 
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