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From: Staffs, UK
Registered: Aug 2002

posted 05-25-2005 11:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
UK BBC4 TV replayed the 2003 programme about Project Orion last night.

Great stuff !

Showed the rare footage of the Orion test craft rising from pad on successive explosions of conventional 'bombs' (about 1/2 lb each I think he said) and achieving a very respectable height above launch tower.

The 'real' Orion - if it had been built - would have used nuclear 'bombs' being exploded and the 'force' then being used against a pusher plate on the craft.

Interviews with Freeman Dyson and his son,Arthur C. Clarke and Jaromir Astl - amongst many others. Astl showed one of the test craft which he has in his home.

Dyson said that about 1,000 nuclear charge bombs needed to reach orbit.

I would think it would have had better use for deep space missions or even very rudimentary interstellar spacecraft missons ?

Clips from several of the once classified films made by General Atomic for presentations to Army,USAF,congressmen etc were shown .

All in all, a very good program.


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posted 05-25-2005 02:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rodina   Click Here to Email Rodina     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There's a great book about this -- "Project Orion" by Freeman Dyson's son, whose name escapes me. Worth a read.

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