Spike Jones <firstname.lastname@example.org> Wrote:
>Actually for that application you really do. Remember that
>a re-entry body is spiralling like a football, travelling at very
>high velocity and has the ability to absorb an enormous amount
>of heat, since it must do so during a typical re-entry event.
I don't know it for a fact but my intuition tells me that if you want to
destroy a nuclear warhead with another H bomb the most important
factor would not be the heat (X rays mostly) and of course in space
there would be no a shock wave, the important thing would be the huge
neutron flux. The hope is that all those neutrons would cause the barely
subcritical fissionable parts of the warhead to pre-detonate, or al least
warp enough so the weapon malfunctions.
John K Clark email@example.com
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