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12/12/2006 11:59 AM ID: 58931 Permalink   

Global Warming Will Affect the Orbit of Satellites

 

Research presented to the American Geophysical Union today claims that in the future NASA and the European Space Agency will save millions in satellite fuel costs due to global warming.

The research predicts that CO2 emissions will reduce the density of the outermost layer of the atmosphere, the thermosphere, by 3%. The reduced density will mean reduced drag on satellites thus greatly reducing fuel costs.

The changes will extend the life of satellites in low orbit, including the International Space Station and the Hubble Space Telescope. The researchers say satellite planners will need more information as the changes start to occur.

 
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  Oh horay!  
 
While we fry the ole Satelli 93' model can save gas.

And this was researched...wth is going on.
 
  by: mr-anderson   12/12/2006 01:20 PM     
  it sounds a little much...  
 
3% doesn't sound like a lot to be "greatly reducing fuel costs."
 
  by: dook   12/12/2006 05:32 PM     
  Well  
 
Something finally positive about global warming.
 
  by: John E Angel     12/12/2006 06:26 PM     
  3% is better than 0%  
 
Every little helps :)
 
  by: CrisW   12/12/2006 07:39 PM     
  1 and 2 and Twist and Spin .......  
 
Yeah, there ya go, twist impending catastrophy of our atmosphere and possible threat to life into fuel savings for satellites to serve the humans that global warming can kill off.

..... and 3 and 4 and bend over once more!

Ugh.
 
  by: Discarded Vet   12/13/2006 02:32 AM     
  3% is small...  
 
but it's three percent saved over the course of orbiting the entire planet. Hundreds of thousands or millions might be a small amount compared to tens or hundreds of millions but it's still funding that doesn't need to be paid.
 
  by: ozymandiassaturn   12/13/2006 07:10 PM     
  well  
 
maybe now, they will pay more attention to the global warming.
 
  by: keanu1982     12/13/2006 07:44 PM     
  I don;t know about you  
 
but I certainly like knowing that our scientests can accuratly predict when the many balls of metal we have over our heads orbiting at very high speeds are projected to come flaming back down to earth.

One of those things that are Good to Know if you ask me.
 
  by: Dedolito     12/13/2006 11:50 PM     
  OLD NEWS  
 
It´s too late to comment again, i´ll end up last on the list. Just one comment and too late. I will see how I go! Introduce a typo and see who comes out of the wood wok.
 
  by: alisha rose     07/19/2010 10:49 AM     
 
 
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