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    According to Elon, Starship Could Chomp up Space Junk

    Elon Musk recently suggested that the Starship could be configured to "chomp up" orbital debris.
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    Does Elon know about orbital speeds? Anything that hits the fairing at 3km/sec holds as much impact energy per gram as exploding dynamite. Anything faster...
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    Duplicate post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    Does Elon know about orbital speeds? Anything that hits the fairing at 3km/sec holds as much impact energy per gram as exploding dynamite. Anything faster...
    I believe that the vehicles trajectory would nearly match with the "chomper" going a bit faster to scoop up the debris. This would be for large enough pieces to track the little pieces like what hit the robot arm on the ISS would be more challenging problem although not completely out of the realm of possibility.
    ETA:Changed speed to trajectory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    Does Elon know about orbital speeds? Anything that hits the fairing at 3km/sec holds as much impact energy per gram as exploding dynamite. Anything faster...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fraser View Post
    Elon Musk recently suggested that the Starship could be configured to "chomp up" orbital debris.
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    Maybe it could start with StarLink

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