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    Each bit of C4 would be a nuke on the full scale thing.
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    James: there's much writing about Project Orion on the web, as well as at least one good solid tv documentary. It all makes for fascinating and rewarding reading.
    • CommentAuthorPhranky
    • CommentTimeOct 14th 2009 edited
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    Project Orion and the Alcubierre warp drive was mentioned (and subsequently put into practice) in the Stephen Baxter novel's 'Flood' and 'Ark'.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeOct 14th 2009
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    Didn't know about the Orion TV documentary. Based on George D.'s book?

    Bomb-drive ships feature in a lot of SF novels, some going way back. Pohl & Williamson's Farthest Star was set in a gritty generation ship driven by hydrogen bombs. There was a Pournelle novel too. King David's Spaceship I think.
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      CommentAuthorstsparky
    • CommentTimeOct 14th 2009
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    @StefanJ - the Orion is the hero of Footfall by Niven & Pournelle.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2009
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    The head of the Russian space program is talking about building a nuclear spaceship for a Mars mission.

    No design details are involved but apparently it'd have a megawatt size nuclear reactor on board - so not NERVA. More likely either a nuclear-powered ion drive or a rocket system using the reactor to heat the reaction mass.

    Supposedly, the detailed design would be completed by 2012 with the ship ready to fly in 2018, all on a budget of US$600 million.
    • CommentAuthorPhranky
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2009
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    @Kosmopolit - ...and built by Russians. There is no way a nuclear powered spacecraft could go wrong.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2009
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    Well the Soyuz has been kicking arse and taking names for 40 years or so but that's probably because it was the last (posthumous) product of Korolev's genius.