Sky Alert!

When Satellites Fail

  • Les Johnson

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Popular Science book sub series (POPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Les Johnson
    Pages 1-7
  3. Les Johnson
    Pages 9-18
  4. How We Might Lose Our Satellites

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Les Johnson
      Pages 21-30
    3. Les Johnson
      Pages 31-42
    4. Les Johnson
      Pages 43-51
  5. If We Were to Lose our Satellites …

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Les Johnson
      Pages 59-69
    3. Les Johnson
      Pages 85-92
    4. Les Johnson
      Pages 93-97
  6. What Can We Do?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Les Johnson
      Pages 129-137
    3. Les Johnson
      Pages 139-151
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 159-199

About this book


How much do we depend on space satellites? Defense, travel, agriculture, weather forecasting, mobile phones and broadband, commerce...the list seems endless. But what would our live be like if the unimaginable happened and, by accident or design, those space assets disappeared?

Sky Alert! explores what our world would be like, looking in turn at areas where the loss could have catastrophic effects. The book

- demonstrates our dependence on space technology and satellites;

- outlines the effect on our economy, defense, and daily lives if satellites and orbiting spacecraft were destroyed;

- illustrates the danger of dead satellites, spent rocket stages, and space debris colliding with a functioning satellites;

- demonstrates the threat of dramatically increased radiation levels associated with geomagnetic storms;

- introduces space as a potential area of conflict between nations.


Global Positioning System Military space reconnaissance Orbital debris Research satellites Satellite dependence Satellite failure Solar storms Space conflicts Space radiation Spy satellites

Authors and affiliations

  • Les Johnson
    • 1
  1. 1.MadisonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-1829-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-1830-6
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