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And we’re back with our forty-seventh installment of Your Comments. Here are our favorites from the past week, from Makezine, our Facebook page, and Twitter.

In response to A Micro Relay at Work, allaa says:

the contact (or button as they are afectionally called) can be made of cadnium. best be careful and wash hands after touching.

In the piece Mold-Making for Edible Creations, Natalie, the Chickenblogger remarks:

Timely stuff. We made a mold of a pig’s head… chocolate piggy, anyone?

Twitter user Jason J. Gullickson says:

The first article in my new @Makemagazine is about “protecting your ideas”; it’s been a rough third quarter for open-source…

In the piece Homemade Hybrid Rocket Engine, Tommy Phillips says:

This reminds me of a batch of staple-bound books I picked up from the college library sale thirty years ago. “Pacific Rockets, The Journal of the Pacific Rocket Society”, from the late 40′s.
One of their experiments was drilling a hole through a hunk of redwood, mounting an oxygen tank on top and an igniter on the bottom, and launching it.
My collection of the journals is woefully incomplete, so I don’t know how high the wooden rocket launched, but I know that a couple of years later they had switched to plastic.

In the article DIY Satellite Will Blink Morse Code for All the World to See, Facebook user Shantanu Goswami writes:

Sounds cool ! But looking at the bigger picture ….stop littering the space with junks !

In the article Electronic Components Used to Make “Technological Mandalas”, user Brett Coulthard writes:

I’d like to see the schematic!

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4 thoughts on “Your Comments

  1. rocketguy1701 says:

    The small satellite is unlikely to pose a space junk problem, NASA reviews for that before permitting such activities. It will likely deorbit and burn up over the next few months or years.

  2. phidauex says:

    There is actually an interesting paper on the topic of Cubesat orbital decay. Worth a read:

    The short answer is that most Cubesats will decay relatively quickly and burn up (the ones launched out of the ISS won’t last too long – the orbit is low, and even the ISS has to do an orbit correction burn pretty regularly to stay up against the slight atmospheric drag.

    The authors do caution that Cubesats who are being launched as secondary payloads (IE, are being placed in the same orbit as the primary payload, like a communication satellite) should take precautions to ensure that their vehicle decays in a reasonable timeframe.

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