Apurva Kawthalkar

Anti Satellite weapons

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A weapon is so unlikely to succeed, and so costly, that I would put those resources into hacking the satellite and use its own thrusters to put it into an atmospheric burn up situation.

Clean and effective. 

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2 hours ago, Sky Vagrant said:

This seems like it should be a challenge instead.

Hi-speed unmanned rendesvoux challenge! Surviving not neccessary! NOW LIVE!

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7 hours ago, Sky Vagrant said:

This seems like it should be a challenge instead.

I just wanted to see what people in the KSP community were making and have a discussion

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4 hours ago, Apurva Kawthalkar said:

I just wanted to see what people in the KSP community were making and have a discussion

Fair enough. I have an idea for one but haven’t built it yet. I’ll post it here when I do.

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huh, looks like fun. might try, and post a pic.

 

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If I remember, back then I'm fiddling around with BDArmory mod, tweaking it and adding physic range extender, I made a design that utilized BDA's airborne laser to target the satellite that's on very low orbit...

And I outfit those satellite with nuke cannon from NKD mod to retaliate back... With nuke shells from orbit (insert "nuke it from orbit" meme here)

It doesn't work for a lot of reason, mainly because the range is so extreme that the compensation must be made against Kerbin's rotation. Even with nuke warhead's immense blast radius, it's very hard to hit KSC-sized target, much less a launch vehicle for A-SAT. The same could be said with ground laser. The orbital velocity of orbiting satellite is too fast to be tracked by laser emitter, leading to an inconsistent damage as the laser mount erratically tries to track the target

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I’ve tried this stock (kinetic kill vehicle) but doing so requires incredibly precise information on your target’s orbital characteristics and incredibly precise orbital maneuvers as well. Maybe if there was a command line interface where you could input a DV vector or something.

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Does it need to be selective or can there be collateral damage >:) 

Because 10 tonnes of ball bearings spread over a wide area would be a pretty effective anti satellite weapon I dare say ^_^ 

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Well if you are already destroying a satellite what is an extra few thousand particles of space debris?

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21 hours ago, _The_Burn_ said:

Well if you are already destroying a satellite what is an extra few thousand particles of space debris?

A few extra tens of millions of I would imagine! We are talking multiples tonnes of ball bearings @_@!

If it created a runaway Kessler effect scenario one launch would deny the human race access to space >:) or at the very least remove most orbital capabilities.

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On 6/15/2019 at 11:58 AM, Dale Christopher said:

Does it need to be selective or can there be collateral damage >:) 

Because 10 tonnes of ball bearings spread over a wide area would be a pretty effective anti satellite weapon I dare say ^_^ 

What you suggested was tried by the Russians during the cold war. The system was called 'Polyot IS'.

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On 4/1/2020 at 4:00 PM, Apurva Kawthalkar said:

Hey guys, what do you think of the Indian ASAT tests in 2019 ??

I think it is honestly a pretty horrible idea. Money used for war/propaganda while creating space junk. Don’t see anyway at all how that would be a good idea. 

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