reply to post by JadeStar
Putting nuclear earth to orbit launch craft to oneside like orion.
Fact iswhen it comes to mars travel and beyond, really we will have to go nuclear. Its the only way to reach any reasonble speeds and fuel long term
I think we can do better than old plans to detonate atomic bombs against a blast plate.
In fact I know we can. I urge you to look at Project Icarus for example.
Also there are plans for fusion rockets which make Project Orion look silly and antiquated. Project Orion would get you to Mars in 3 months.
A fusion rocket could get you there in 30 days.
Fusion Rockets: 30 Days to Mars?
The tecs there, someone just has to figure out the enigeering.
Its a truth we have to accept.
The truth we have to accept is that the reason we don't have nuclear rockets flying all over the solar system is because most people are hesitant of
loading a bunch of plutonium bombs onboard a rocket which could have an accident in the upper atmosphere and make a huge part of the earth
I mean just look at the furor the tiny amount of cesium onboard Cassini caused....
While it was overblown in the case of Cassini, in the case of something like Orion it would probably be justified. I know that I don't want 50 atomic
bombs being loaded onto rockets which have varying failure rates.
If we ever use nuclear propulsion it will be based on something like nuclear impulse engines not atomic bombs exploding out the back of a rocket.
And it will probably use material we've mined from asteroid rather than material we're lifting up from Earth.
On another subject, I've been thinking about the premise of the OP and was wondering if you have ever read sci-fi author Fredrick Pohl's "Gateway"
If not I urge you, and anyone else with an interest in the topic of the original post, to read it.
The premise is this, during exploration of the planet Venus an asteroid which turns out to be an interstellar spaceport left by aliens in the distant
past is discovered orbiting the planet.
As a result a corporation is set up among the spacefaring powers of the time in the Gateway universe:
The Gateway Corporation administers the asteroid on behalf of a cartel of countries including the United States; the Soviet Union; New People's
Asia (implied to be a successor state to the People's Republic of China); the Venusian Confederation, a human colony on Venus; and Brazil.
In the books people pay for the opportunity to take one of the Gateway alien ships on a ride on a preset mission to an unknown place as we have not
deciphered the alien language or figured out the navigation system. 1 in 3 ships never return.
The Gateway Corporation pays the persons who find things which add to our scientific knowledge prize money (sound familiar) based on its value. (See
Ansari-X Prize, Google Lunar Prize, etc).
Perhaps this might be way forward?
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