Ok, so I just caught the movie and as always go to the dope for the spoilers thread to see what everyone else thought of it.
So , what exactly would be the fallout from this in a real life situation. Bearing in mind, that I have read the thread and the Kessler thing is real, but it takes time and not everything is in the same orbital plane.
To me, what I was seeing was about twenty trillion dollars doing a major tom. The GPS sats, the glosnoss sats, ISS, Shuttle, Chinese Space station, two soyuz capules, only one recovered. Actually we dont know what sats were lost, cause its hollywood, but for the sake of argument, thats what I am using.
Orbital space debris is now the major concern, how much can be reasonably expected to burn up de-orbiting (real life, whats the status of the chinese debris field). Do we launch nukes at pre set altitudes, or would this simply spray it out further. (Also assuming that the reason we dont fire nukes into space is the damage they cause to other sats, but going by the movie, quite a few sat makers and lockeed martin are going to be doing booming business (no pun))
Who gets that chinese soyuz clone. They own it obviously, but an American astronaut surving that , I kind of expect to see it in the smithsonian, with the rest of the historic space ships.
So do we ground all airplanes with all that orbital stuff coming down, initially.
Do we expect the economy to tank ,how dialed in , is the orbital network comms in terms of the economy.