While perusing some TED talks videos, I happened across this one, outlining one man's experience of a hushed up government initiative known as Orion.
To see the entire story, watch the video
. For now, let me try and give a synopsis of the
The project, named project Orion, spanned from 1957-1965 and was based around creating a 4000-ton spaceship powered by nuclear bombs for
Jupiter/Saturn/further projects. Until this lecture, most of the information was highly classified, and still is. This is just stuff that has leaked
The spaceship was planned to be about the size of the Marriot Hotel, slightly larger, (130 ft diameter base, 295 ft estimated height) and was to be
powered by around 2000-3000 5-kiloton bombs. The project was led by a certain Ted Taylor (source/description? I don't know who this is), was worked
on by many of the original Los Alamos Hydrogen Bomb team, and began at General Atomic in La Hoya. It was officially the first project that was funded
The rest is just details, but the main point comes at the end of the video when the speaker reveals that information on this project is actually still
kept in NASA's database, and NASA purchased over 1000 documents from the speaker.
The original point of the Orion initiative was to take astronauts to solar satellites further from earth than the moon, but what with military-based
funding and concept sketches for defensive/offensive military satellite technology, it just makes me wonder about the point of such a project. The
other thing of note mentioned in the video was the use of project Orion as an evacuation plan. With the increasing warnings of possible new asteroids
in space headed for earth, this is the only real "off the shelf" technology available for a temporary evacuation of the planet (or at least that's
what the speaker said) in the case of a catastrophic meteor strike.
So what is this project's true purpose? Is the government covering something big up? (well, there's a lot of stuff they are covering up, but is this
one of the things?) What are the chances we'll need such a technology? I'd welcome any input.