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Queensly

Will it take off?

TheLotusEater725

Why would they name it after that song from Oklahoma?

origuy

It would have to be built in orbit; and it would probably leave orbit under conventional thrusters. Only once it was a safe distance from the planet would it light off the first nuke.

Avias

sounds doable

mikoyangurevich15

What a spectacular waste of money.

The Matrix: Rebooted


Launching with conventional thrusters would defeat the point. The idea was to actually uses nuclear impulse to launch.

conan776

Bang bang

tc

Read George Dyson’s (Freeman’s son) book ‘Project Orion: The Atomic Spaceship 1957 – 1965’ for a fascinating overview of the entire project.

The 10,000 ton version would have done a 3 year round trip to one of Saturn’s moons, Enceladus, delivering a 1,300 ton payload and originally planned to happen in 1970. The ‘Advanced Interplanetary Ship’, as it would be called, would have 4G acceleration using 15 kiloton ‘propulsion modules’