posted on May, 13 2005 @ 10:49 AM
Originally posted by MickeyDee
But these are all what if's!!!
What if Osama Bin Laden set off 20 nukes in large cities around the world!
What if some mad scientist creates a black whole in his lab and it sucks the Earth into it?
What if the next shuttle flight goes off course, blows up and lands on the white house lawn???
A million things everyday could happen that would be catastophic, a rocket with nuclear waste onboard could explode but would be worth the risk if it
was to stop the western world being full of waste for the next 100,000 years!
Your what ifs are highly unlikely to happen, with the history of launching rockets the number of failures makes mine a much higher chance of
happening. I say its safer to keep it in a contained environment, than to take the fairly high risk of contaminating a large area.
Lets break your propsal down in real terms and see how well it works.
In 2003 the U.S. alone had about 50,000 tons of spent nuclear fuel from reactors.
Whats the weight limit for a rocket? 5 maybe 10 tons. Heck I'll even say 20 just to be on the safe side.
That 2500 rocket launches to remove the waste of the U.S. alone.
Lets look at the past history of the Ariane rocket launches, to be fair lets say that 1 out of 100 rockets blows up in flight( in reality its much
higher more like 4 out of 100).
Out of those 2500 launches to rid the U.S. of its existing waste as of 2003
there would be an extremely high probability of at least 25 of those rockets blowing up in flight. Thats 500 tons of radioactive waste dispersed into
Its not a question of "rocket with nuclear waste onboard could explode"
It WILL happen, there is nothing that can be done about it.
In order to accomplish your proposal worldwide there would probably be at least 100 blown up rockets carrying nuclear waste.