Underwater Carbon Observatory
Posted by Jeff Id on February 24, 2009
The aerodynamic shroud covering the new carbon orbital observatory failed to separate permanently altering the slated mission to study atmospheric carbon. Following it’s predetermined flight path the sophisticated device switched to it’s backup mission to measure carbon underwater. Unfortunately our doomed little friend failed again on landing, the apparent cause was RUD (rapid unplanned disassembly) due to landing at speeds over mach 5. Even this secondary ‘backup’ mission was doomed to failure.
Seriously, this satellite would have been a dramatic help in tracking CO2 emissioin areas and concentration levels globally. Unfortunately it would have been used as a political tool for bashing the US and even a little bit for China just for producing the evil CO2 despite the fact that these two countries produce the worlds goods. If you don’t believe that, you haven’t been paying attention. Still the net effect of improved data quality would have been positive. There would have been some very interesting possibilities with better data.
This is the updated JPL artists rendering of a typical 270 million dollar satellite shortly after experiencing RUD.
Conspiracy theories anyone?