Re: Project Orion Reborn.

Posted by
Wayne Smith on Feb 08, 2004 at 04:00

Re: Project Orion Reborn. (Planko)

You are thinking of chemical rockets. Those big fireworks NASA launches are deathtraps. No atomic bomb has ever accidentally detonated. This is inherent in their design. Unlike chemical explosive they are extremely complex to set off. Each device is about the size of a barrel and has numerous safety features to avoid tampering such as an arming code. It's impossible for an atomic bomb to spontaneously explode without tampering. Even if one did go off the others wouldn't. That's how hard it is to set one off. I would feel safer in an Orion than a Space Shuttle.

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