BILLIONAIRE SpaceX boss Elon Musk could face legal action over a booster that lost control on a collision course with the Moon.
The derelict upper deck of the SpaceX Falcon 9 was launched seven years ago and is expected to hit our rocky satellite the next month.
According to legal experts, the collision could not achieve much beyond creating a small dent in the surface of the Moon, but it could have submerged Musk in hot water.
Some have argued that skydiving could be grounds for suing the 50-year-old company and SpaceX – although a lawsuit is unlikely.
“In theory, yes,” attorney Steven Kaufman told Forbes when asked about any potential legal action. Actually, probably not. “
News of the impending smash last week followed lengthy calculations by online space debris trackers.
The out-of-control booster was launched from Florida in February 2015 as part of SpaceX’s first deep space mission.
Falcon 9’s second stage completed its engine burn for a long time before deploying NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory on its journey to a point more than 1 million kilometers from Earth. .
It no longer has enough fuel to return it to Earth’s atmosphere, leaving it in a turbulent orbit around our planet.
Space watchers predict that the portion of the rocket will intersect the far side of the Moon on March 4.
Of course, no one owns the Moon (not yet anyway), so if the rocket hits the surface, there’s no reason to take legal action.
However, in the unlikely event that the rotating metal block will be bumped China’s lunar probeMusk might end up supporting the bill.
Two international treaties signed in 1966 and 1972 mean that countries are legally liable if their space activities damage another nation’s spacecraft.
For example, in 1978, a Soviet satellite broke through Canada and accumulated radioactive material into the atmosphere.
The Canadian government received $3 million in damages from the Soviet Union.
However, attorney Scot Anderson told Forbes that Musk cannot afford to pay if his private rocket company causes damage to other countries’ assets.
What is SpaceX?
Here’s what you need to know…
SpaceX is a cash rocket company that wants to send humans to Mars.
It was founded by eccentric billionaire Elon Musk in 2002 and is headquartered in Hawthorne, California.
SpaceX’s first goal is to build rockets that can automatically return to Earth for refurbishment and reuse.
This technology makes launching and operating space flights more efficient and therefore cheaper.
SpaceX is currently using its reusable Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets to deliver cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) for Nasa.
It also carries satellites and other space technologies into orbit for many government agencies and multinational companies.
The company sent astronauts to the ISS for the first time in 2020 and flew its first all-civilian crew there a year later.
Future missions will take tourists and astronauts to the Moon and Mars.
Musk has repeatedly said that he believes humanity must settle on Mars to save itself from extinction.
He plans to send a SpaceX rocket to the Red Planet in 2027.
“There simply isn’t a lot of precedent,” he said.
Given the size of the rocket’s portion – about 14 meters – and the thousands of kilometers of space it had to land in, any chance it would actually hit the Yutu-2 plane was in the millions to one.
According to Bill Grey, popular writer about the booster that will hit the Moon at 2.6 km/s. Project Pluto software to track near-Earth objects.
This is believed to be the first instance of unintentional space junk impacting our celestial neighbour.
Unfortunately, a direct impact won’t be visible because the part of the rocket is expected to hit the far side of the Moon – the part facing away from Earth.
Instead, astronomers will rely on images taken by satellites including Nasa’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to see the aftermath of the crash.
By analyzing the resulting crater, scientists hope to be able to observe subsurface material ejected from the collision to shed light on the Moon’s composition.
In other news, a four-ton block of a SpaceX rocket is on a collision course with the Moon, according to online space junk trackers.
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