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It was the perfect airborne death machine—a supersonic drone of nearly unlimited range, loaded with hydrogen bombs zooming around Earth at more than 2,500 miles per hour. To the engineers who worked on its development, it was “technically sweet” and the high point of their careers.
originally posted by: starwarsisreal
a reply to: Sammamishman
Since it was nuclear powered wouldn't it be also a sort of Dirty Bomb due to radiation?
originally posted by: Aliensun
I know this sounds simplistic, but are we to believe that this missile could fly by gulping nothing but air and the nuclear aspect of that "fuel" would be virtually infinite as it heated and expanded the airflow to produce the thrust? Frankly, I can't believe it.
I'm very much aware of the Orion Project, I have the book by Dyson's son and note no connection. The Orion used a succession of hydrogen bombs exploding about 1.5 seconds to push it into space. It was to be a space ship. It was a fantastic plan, that some still say would work, but killed because the public wouldn't go for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!