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Breaking a Space Traffic Jam

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Breaking a Space Traffic Jam. A space towboat captures a derelict satellite to remove it from orbit. Artwork from an advertisement for American Bosch Arma Corporation, 1960. Illustrated by Frank Tinsley.

"Steps in the race to outer space. By 1970 our solar system will be filled with expended satellites—whirling aimlessly in space with dead batteries and electronic equipment, their missions long since completed. As space traffic increases, these derelicts will have to be captured and broken out of orbit to keep flight paths clear.

"For this task, special towboats will be designed. The towboat, driven by electro-particle propulsion, rockets into space at speeds reaching 25,000 mph. Its reversible engines enable it to slow as it approaches the radar- located satellite, and match the derelict's speed as it moves into orbit behind it.

"Crewmen attach lines to the satellite, then they haul the towboat forward and its nose cone is clamped to the satellite's rocket nozzle. The towboat's engines are then switched to full reverse. When a a safe point is reached, the towboat releases the satellite and it is consumed by friction as it plunges into the atmosphere. The towboat moves on to its next assignment, breaking a traffic jam in some other congested point in space."

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Breaking a Space Traffic Jam Product Details
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Paper: Museum quality, using archival ink.
Canvas: Acid-free. Canvas is mounted.
Borders and final image size for this print:
Prints have borders. Paper and image dimensions don't always match; final printed image size is below.
• 8.5" x 11" paper with .5" border = 9.42" x 10" image
• 11" x 17" paper with .5" border = 15.07" x 16" image
• 13" x 19" paper with .5" border = 16.95" x 18" image
• 17" x 22" paper with 1" border = 18.83" x 20" image
• 24" x 30" paper with 1.5" border = 25.42" x 27" image
• 36" x 50" paper with 2" border = 43.31" x 46" image
• 44" x 61" paper with 2" border = 53.67" x 57" image
Metal Signs: No borders. Size reflects sheet size. Actual final sign size varies depending on image dimensions.
Frames: Custom made. Acid-free mats, UV-shielding plexiglass, archival back. 3-5 weeks for delivery. Frame sales final.
T-Shirts: Custom made 100% cotton. Shoulder-to-shoulder taping, double stitched sleeves and hem. T-shirt sales final.
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