Re: Interesting Story In "The Space Review" Web Site Today

From: Thomas Goodey via Seesat-l <>
Date: Wed, 03 Jan 2018 21:01:52 +0200
On 3 Jan 2018 at 11:30, Charles Phillips wrote:

> An interesting discussion...

> > Nobody could do anything about it anyway...

> If that is true, why does any country notify anyone about
> any satellite reentry?

Well, I don't really know. I think it is just the media 
looking for exciting news.

> You would propose that we just stop?

Well, for some satellites at least, according to your 
article, the US Government, at least, has indeed just 
stopped. Sensibly, in my opinion.

> If someone in some Third
> World country is hurt, is it our problem?

Well yes, according to the Convention on International 
Liability for Damage Caused by Space Objects, it is:

But this convention stipulates that only governments can 
make claims against governments.

> As a citizen of the world - I am glad that we alert people
> below satellite orbits, it is the responsible thing to do. 

Responsibility is not the question, since those people 
cannot do anything about it anyway. It just disturbs their 
sleep, and may give some of the more dishonest ones the 
idea that they can get a bunch of money out of the good old 
U S of A. I can easily see this happening.

Since the danger is miniscule, I think publicizing it 
amounts to alarmism, not responsibility. The logical final 
consequence of such alarmist publicity will be a public 
outcry against the very existence of satellites, at least 
low-orbit satellites. You only have to look at history 
(atomic energy, fracking, DDT, etc.) to see this.

> Why not just let people take their chances
> with volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, satellite reentries,
> etc?

Because for all of those possible events except satellite 
reentries, something important can be done ahead of time to 
mitigate the consequences.

> The remarkable thing to note here is that an international
> group has come together to look at some of this... The article has
> already gotten a potentially interesting conversation
> started with some responsible organizations.

You see? The hue and cry is already being provoked. This is 
not a good development.

If you remember, years ago, there was a proposal to send an 
expensive Shuttle mission to the Hubble telescope, purely 
in order to destroy it for no meaningful purpose. At least 
that idiotic idea was quashed, and the telescope was 
refurbished instead.

Thomas Goodey

Underhill was furious. It didn't make
much sense to wear a uniform and
look like a soldier if people didn't 
appreciate what you did. He 
remembered the girl in the corridor.
She had glanced at his uniform, then
looked at him scornfully. "Meow." 
That was all she had said. Yet it cut 
him like a knife.

'The Game of Rat and Dragon'
by Cordwainer Smith

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