Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake

[help] Satellite decay

Anybody out there have a notion of the longest expected orbital life of our various artificial satellites? I have the impression, which I can't substantiate, that nothing we put up is likely to keep station indefinitely — meaning thousands or hundreds of thousands of years. How long would it take for our swarm of spacecraft and discarded junk to fall out of the sky?

Originally published at jlake.com.

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