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Randy Atkins: Even a small object, racing through space at many miles a second, is a big danger. Jim Hollopeter, an engineer at G-I-T Satellite, says putting the brakes on such debris would make it fall from the sky…and harmlessly burn up in the atmosphere.
Jim Hollopeter: The very small objects don’t take much to slow them down, but there’s nothing in orbit to slow them down at this point.
Randy Atkins: Hollopeter proposes launching rockets with payloads of water that can be blasted, shotgun style, to knock back lots of oncoming debris.
Jim Hollopeter: It will then re-enter the atmosphere. All of it will, including the water that we would disperse.
Randy Atkins: Hollopeter says old ballistic missiles could be used relatively inexpensively. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, 103 point 5 F-M and WTOP-dot-com.