Re: Project Orion

From: Martin Ling (
Date: Sat Jun 17 2000 - 02:41:54 MDT

On Sat, Jun 17, 2000 at 12:50:52AM -0400, John Clark wrote:
> I wrote this two or three years ago, since the subject of Orion has come up
> again I thought I'd re-post it.
> [snip]

Yes, I'm familiar with this one. This being a very feasible idea, and
possible with current technology, the restrictions placed on atomic
explosions in space seem somewhat... annoying, to say the least,
especially since they only exist because the test ban treaty doesn't
bother to state any minimum acceptable range.

Of course, we'd probably have to settle for building the craft in orbit,
which somewhat detracts from its advantages in feasible weight, but
there are ways to deal with that... a certain idea of mine in this area
I will be documenting soon.


PS - even the old Tintin book 'Destination Moon' recognised the benefits
of atomic propulsion! :-)

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