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Came up with this a few months ago. Would this work? If not, could it be made to work with a few changes? Would it be worthwhile?

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Re: Orbital debris removal concept - would this work?
« Reply #1 on: 08/11/2018 01:24 PM »
Second set of slides.

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Re: Orbital debris removal concept - would this work?
« Reply #2 on: 08/11/2018 01:25 PM »
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Re: Orbital debris removal concept - would this work?
« Reply #3 on: 08/11/2018 02:11 PM »
I suggest you use words, not pictures. This is not a graphic novel.
In short - yes, in principle impacting orbital debris with gas clouds can work.
It will tend to disperse very rapidly and be extremely hard to target more than one object with, meaning you will have massive costs in delta-v and uplift mass least to do this, meaning it requires much reduced launch costs.

There is no particular reason for the gas puffer to reenter, a small ion engine to allow it to change orbits and meet up with another bit of debris, or come in for re-gassing would perhaps be rather more optimal.

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Re: Orbital debris removal concept - would this work?
« Reply #4 on: 08/11/2018 04:08 PM »
There is no particular reason for the gas puffer to reenter, a small ion engine to allow it to change orbits and meet up with another bit of debris, or come in for re-gassing would perhaps be rather more optimal.

Thanks, great point! The only reason I didn't do this was out of a fear of creating more orbital debris, but it should be capable of re-entering with an ion engine.