Ecuador's Pegasus in Peril

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That's a communication's satellite these days? I swear I could cobble one together with a Raspberry Pi running LINUX! Probably costs more to get the thing up there...
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Should we rly give any fucks for Equador......This is like the Gauls trying to fire a rock into space using nothing but tinfoil
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A tiny thing like this, the first venture of a South American country, experiences a "collision"? While the masses of far larger ones put up by the US, Russia, EU and China and the corporations within them sail around untouched? Absolutely not suspicious.
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Not by the least. Ever wonder why Kerbals speak Spanish?
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"but the Ecuadorean satellite - Pegasus (NEE-01 Pegaso) - was not equipped to move out of the way"If you actually spent the time to think this this through, you'd realize just how right you are. This isn't suspicious in ANY way. Our multi-billion dollar corporations throw millions of dollars and decades of perfected technical expertise into each of there satellites. This small, poor south American country couldn't afford such an effort / just didn't have the expertise.Its not that the illuminati are laughing there asses of right now, just randomly screwing around with whatever county they've set there eyes on just for the heck of it. It's just that comparing the Ecuadorian space program to the American space program is effectively a joke.
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To add on the point of this being a cubesat with no maneuvering ability; NASA and the USAF Space Command spend millions, if not hundreds of millions tracking debris that will threaten their sats, and in this case even gave forewarning of this impending collision.
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Heh, a cubesat is their space program... Those were senior aerospace engineering projects at my university and owrs did a lot more than broadcast the national anthem. At least they're doing it though.
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Ours* not owrs, how did auto type pick that... Maybe our technology isn't that great after all.
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While America, a country with roughly 23 times their GDP, currently lacks the ability to put a man into orbit. At least they're doing it indeed.
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Oops sorry missed the a 0. *230 times their GDP.
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While the satellite itself may not be that important, it underlines a very serious threat to all space ventures if we don't get our act together and start cleaning up our part of the cosmic neighborhood.
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The US and its intelligence agencies has a very long, very aggressive history of covertly interfering with the development of its southern neighbours on a broad spectrum. Swatting their silly little satellite down for having the temerity to launch one at all, let alone via a CHINESE launch, is exactly their modus operandi. We don't need to compare budgets. This thing didn't fall out the sky or explode from incompetence or low technology, it was orbiting, functional, stable. It got hit (supposedly). That's incredibly rare, and it only just got launched. If satellites, much larger ones to boot, had to adjust orbit to avoid collisions like this all the time they'd run out of fuel in a few years and we'd constantly lose them to collisions; for every trackable piece of debris there are hundreds we can't.
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That is why NASA logs the locations of these objects ahead of time. Do you seriously think we launch a piece of debris to destroy a tin foil cube, instead of say, a Chinese satellite?
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You are a such an idiot it makes the brain hurt
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http://www.wired.com/wiredente...NASA is trialing the use of Android phones for exactly that purpose.
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Do you seriously think it would require launching anything, given the billions sunk into exactly this ability, to put this out of commission, and do you seriously not understand why they might knock this Ecuadorean toy out instead of a Chinese infrastructure satellite? Because if so you should brush up on any Cold War history at all.
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This is not the first venture of a South American country into space. Just Ecuador's. Brazil has by far the biggest national space program. Maybe I should point you to Brasilsat B1 to B4, which provide South America with lots of telenovelas right from space. Sure, you might say now that those are US built and European launched satellites. But then I should point you to this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...Oh dear, it seems that the Brazilians already have five own satellites in space. And the CBERS satellites are even Chinese launched. Since 2003. Damn, the CIA / NSA / Illumanti / Gnomes of Zürich have missed them...And last but not least: another destroyed satellite in LEO is probably the last thing that any nation wants, that has its own space program. Because every little bit of debris brings us closer to the Kessler syndrome.
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Illuminutty detected
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A worthwhile reply. The only response I'd have is that Brazil is far larger and richer with far more resources, with the clout of the BRIC bloc, and that their quick ramp into infrastructure launches didn't present such a simple, easily explained and excused target. I'm really just pointing out an alternative explanation for a strange event. I certainly don't know why people have started mentioning Illuminati. It's almost as if Americans are as ignorant of their own historical destructive manipulations of South America as the Chinese are of their governments repression, but without the propaganda. Or of either of those nations ignorance of the posturing either side is performing outside the public view in these times.
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ecuador has a handful of second-year college students and a wad of cash?
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Reptilians used space rays from nibiru to do it so it US could destroy the poor Ecuadorians tin foil cube.Also the billions sunk into this kind of thing are for launching missiles, any smelly backwater country with a telescope could look for themselves and track such an object.
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seriously? CIA conspiracy? glen beck program is -> that way ->
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if it wouldn't require launching anything then describe how they'd knock it down.that aside, why the hell would the american government care whether this inconsequential satellite reached orbit? America's interference in its southern neighbors has always been based around self-interest. What possible benefit could there be in destroying this tiny, strategically useless cube? The entire purpose of the venture was clearly symbolic, and that was accomplished when the satellite reached space and transmitted back pictures, performing its intended purpose.Actually, I'm not sure why I responded seriously. You are clearly insane
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Yeah, we should. Not only is this a big first step, but of all the countries I've ever lived in, which includes places like the US, Canada, Russia and Thailand, Ecuador was by far the most fun.
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Collisions happen, you just don't hear about them because they aren't usually important satellites like a country's first. Also, space is packed with debris these days. It was pretty clear when the US and Russia were flexing their space muscles.This satellite was also not equipped with thrusters for altering its course in the event of a detected piece of debris potentially colliding with it - for a fledgling space program, that kind of system is a risky investment for something not guaranteed to get off the ground.
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This. People easily forget how easy it is to track objects in space should you really want to. Amateur astronomers routinely spot "top sekrit" spaceplanes like the X-37 in orbit, a government with a space agency could do it with little effort.
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Because any of these fucking sheeple know that we gained nothing damaging a satellite that does nothing?

The Ecuadorean Space Agency (EXA) has announced efforts to reestablish contact with the country’s only satellite in orbit after a predicted collision with debris in orbit. The small (1.2665 kilograms/ 2.792 lb) cube-shaped satellite has been a source of national pride since its launch on April 25th aboard a Chinese rocket.

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The US-based Joint Space Operations Center provided early warning that the satellite may have a near miss with the upper stage of a Soviet-era Tsyklon-3 rocket, but the Ecuadorean satellite - Pegasus (NEE-01 Pegaso) - was not equipped to move out of the way. Though no direct contact was observed, it’s possible that the near miss resulted in some contact with smaller debris.

EXA’s chief Ronnie Nader was hopeful for the survival of Pegasus. He tweeted, "Ecuador still has its satellite, the people still have Pegasus. [It] could be damaged or spinning out of control, but because it's still in orbit, we have hope."

Though data shows there was a collision with some debris, it may take several days to get a clear picture of the damage. Time will tell if Ecuador’s first and only satellite will continue to take and transmit pictures and video. Though it’s not considered an incredibly valuable project, the plight of Ecuador’s satellite reinforces the argument that significant efforts need to be taken to deal with space trash that is increasingly filling up orbits around the Earth.

 

http://pegaso.exa.ec/ Official Pegasus Website with updates as they occur.

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