Re: Project Orion

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Sat Jun 17 2000 - 09:42:06 MDT

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.
> ==========================================================
> It all came to nothing of course, in 1963 the test ban treaty was signed
> stopping all nuclear explosions in space or the atmosphere making Orion
> illegal. The project died, but to this day most say it would have worked
> technologically if not politically.
> Idea for a science fiction novel: A huge nickel iron asteroid is heading for
> Earth, it would take a 200,000 megaton bomb to divert it but no existing
> rocket is nearly powerful enough to deliver such a huge payload to the
> asteroid. The Earth seems doomed, then our hero remembers Project Orion.

Niven and Pournelle used Orion in their novel "Footfall".

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