Tired of satellites spying on you? Space junk blocking your view? A possible solution may be closer than you think. Grossmont College Physics and Astronomy professor Philip Blanco recently published a research paper that discusses how to knock troublesome satellites out of orbit.
The article, `Satellite splat: an inelastic collision with a surface-launched projectile,’ is aimed more at motivating students rather than putting space agencies on alert. The paper will appear in the European Journal of Physics – an international scientific journal dedicated to boosting the quality of physics taught in higher education.
“Our hope is that the present paper will inspire further investigations and help introduce students to the fascinating field of astrodynamics,” the paper concludes.