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Aerospace An exercise in futility?

  1. Nov 3, 2009 #1
    If a crew member were stranded on space station, due to spin, would he be rescuable? For example if an extended part bent or broke, putting the ship into a spin or tumble. If it were a one axis spin, perhaps a large mass, attached at a distance would change moment of inertia sufficient to reduce the angular velocity, so that gyroscopes could recover. Thus if the rescue shuttle had a very long arm or portable attachment, it could rotate with space station transiently at a distance, until stability allows for automatic Russian or American docking. For a tumble, such procedure would seem repeatable for all 3 axes.
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  3. Nov 3, 2009 #2
    Beam him up, Scotty.
  4. Nov 3, 2009 #3


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    It of course depends on the severity of the spin, but the Space Shuttle did once capture a satellite spinning at 0.5 degrees per second:

    FF to 10:15
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