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Satellite on your head?

PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 8:34 pm
by smeggypants
Satellite on your head?

Put your crash helmets on, there's a satellite heading towards earth apparently


Heads up! European satellite dubbed the 'Ferrari of space' is plummeting to Earth - and no one knows where the 2,000lbs spacecraft is going to land



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A massive European satellite is expected to plummet down to earth Monday - and no can predict with accuracy where exactly its debris is going to land.

Europe's Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer, or GOCE, was just 99 miles above Earth and dropping at a rate of 8 miles per day, operations manager Christoph Steiger wrote in a status report posted on the European Space Agency's website.

‘Re-entry into the atmosphere (is) probably less than two days away,’ Steiger said.

Satellite on your head?

PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 8:48 pm
by Mr Squirrel
Erm....

Heads up! European satellite dubbed the 'Ferrari of space' is plummeting to Earth - and no one knows where the 2,000lbs spacecraft is going to land

Kluger explained that it is estimated that about 45 pieces of satellite debris, each weighing no more than 200lbs


Lets hope these pieces do weigh less than 200lbs because 45 pieces at 200lbs each makes the entire satellite weigh more than double the said 2000lbs.

With any luck... it will land on Camorons head.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 10:04 pm
by smeggypants
Apparently the surface area of the earth is 510,072,000 km²

The surface area of my head is ( approx ) 0.00000003km²

Therefore the chances if it hitting my head is 17,002,400,000,000,000:1

Really scared now!!!!

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 10:10 pm
by Mr Squirrel
And you have actually bothered to work that out?

What are the chances of it landing on your head if you move about really quickly?

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 10:18 pm
by Mr Squirrel
Scott Nelson wrote::confused:

Loads of scaremongering being done about this on the news channels.


Of course. :)

Its the backup story because no Jihadists blew anything up today or pissed on any Cenotaphs.. so they will now be shipping in all the professor type interviewees to sit on a sofa cross legged and make technical remarks about how we will narrowly avoid Armageddon but because we will avoid it.. it doesent matter and arent they so intelligent for pointing this out.

Meanwhile in Basra, another 72 virgins are ordered.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 10:29 pm
by Resonance
Mr Squirrel wrote:And you have actually bothered to work that out?

What are the chances of it landing on your head if you move about really quickly?


Exactly the same chance as if you stand still :)

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 10:43 pm
by Channel Hopper
Resonance wrote:
Mr Squirrel wrote:And you have actually bothered to work that out?

What are the chances of it landing on your head if you move about really quickly?


Exactly the same chance as if you stand still :)


Better to invest in some really baggy foil underwear that can be stretched over ones cranium then.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 11:35 pm
by Channel Hopper
Latest prediction maps suggest she will be dropping in on the Thames estuary or Essex in under two hours

http://www.satflare.com/track.asp?q=34602#TOP

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 11:51 pm
by smeggypants
:hyenas:

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:01 am
by Channel Hopper
On a short pass over the Troll ground station that ended at 21:18 CET (20:18 UTC), while GOCE flew at an altitude of only 122 km, the satellite was still showing an amazing system performance, and dumped highly valuable data to the ground station.

Using these data, that included very accurate navigation fixes along its trajectory, an orbit could be fitted that was used to forecast the re-entry of the spacecraft.

Current estimates lead to a re-entry time window between 22:50 UTC on 10 November and 00:50 UTC on 11 November (23:50-01:50 CET).

The most probable re-entry area lies on a descending orbit pass that mainly runs across the Western areas of the Thames estuary, with a sub-pass error that takes into account the areas of South Essex and in particular the Thurrock region.

ESA will make another attempt to contact GOCE during a Troll station pass, to acquire more science and spacecraft data from an extremely low orbit altitude, and to further reduce the uncertainty in the re-entry forecast.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:17 am
by Mr Squirrel
Channel Hopper wrote:Latest prediction maps suggest she will be dropping in on the Thames estuary or Essex in under two hours

http://www.satflare.com/track.asp?q=34602#TOP


I went to Thurrock last week....

Trust me... Nobody would notice. :rofl:

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:18 am
by smeggypants
:hyenas:

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:21 am
by Channel Hopper
10 November 2013 - 23:50 Contact with GOCE was made once again from the Troll station in Antarctica at 23:42 CET. The central computer temperature is at 80ºC and the battery is at 84ºC. At an altitude of less than 120 km, the spacecraft is – against expectations – still functional.

http://blogs.esa.int/rocketscience/2013 ... te-2350cet

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:27 am
by Mr Squirrel
Bought your ticket, Scott?

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:28 am
by Mr Squirrel
Scott Nelson wrote:Nope! I have up on the Lottery a long time ago.


Look up! :D

(as you have given up on the lottery, statistically speaking - you have more chance of this satellite landing on your head)

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:33 am
by Mr Squirrel
Ester Ratface?

She is wayyyy down my list of collision based candidates.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:24 pm
by smeggypants
couple of disgruntled Albatross got hit by fragments of the satellite that's all ...........


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:44 pm
by phild05
Yeah, burnt up in the atmosphere.