Monday, March 9, 2009

Project Orion



There is a great post over at Dick's Rocket Dungeon on Project Orion. This has to be one of the most exciting proposed forms of space exploration. Using 1950s technology only... it was possible to use Nuclear bombs to propel a large spacecraft at very high speeds. Fast enough to take lots of payload to Mars and beyond, even manned trips to Jupiter or Saturn! Check out that delta V for a 910 day Jupiter mission! 200,000 FPS for 20 men! (Imagine what happens if the bomb pulse system fails on the way out...) Please read the full post (it was a few days back, scroll down the page):

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