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Nuclear Pulse Space Vehicle Study

Nuclear Pulse Space Vehicle Study

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Unclassified document (available also from the nasa archive) that describes the Orion Project, a spaceship propulsion system that would have allowed even a 4000 metric ton ship to take off and reach Mars in a couple of moths.
It was shelved due to concerns about nuclear fallout, because it uses kiloton directional nukes to propel itself. And if it could not take off on its own, there is no way in heck that 4000 tons could be brought in orbit by rockets to build it there.
It remains the best anti-asteroid defence we have, though.
Unclassified document (available also from the nasa archive) that describes the Orion Project, a spaceship propulsion system that would have allowed even a 4000 metric ton ship to take off and reach Mars in a couple of moths.
It was shelved due to concerns about nuclear fallout, because it uses kiloton directional nukes to propel itself. And if it could not take off on its own, there is no way in heck that 4000 tons could be brought in orbit by rockets to build it there.
It remains the best anti-asteroid defence we have, though.

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