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Well, it's really quite simple.

It has a big round plate at the back, and it blows up nuclear shaped charges as propulsion.

Goes a lot faster than any other practical spacecraft, most of the theoretical and design work is already done for us.


Very fuel efficient, too, and tremendously powerful.

By that, I mean, weight isn't really much of a limit.

In theory, if we felt like it, the Tunguska once completed could probably latch on to that old abandoned ISS station and shove it wherever it was needed.

Except that it'd probably buckle and/or disintegrate under the strain, but eh.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Orion_(nuclear_propulsion)
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| May 27, 2010, 7:18 pm
Quoting Areetsa C
Well, it's really quite simple.

It has a big round plate at the back, and it blows up nuclear shaped charges as propulsion.

Goes a lot faster than any other practical spacecraft, most of the theoretical and design work is already done for us.


Very fuel efficient, too, and tremendously powerful.

By that, I mean, weight isn't really much of a limit.

In theory, if we felt like it, the Tunguska once completed could probably latch on to that old abandoned ISS station and shove it wherever it was needed.

Except that it'd probably buckle and/or disintegrate under the strain, but eh.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Orion_(nuclear_propulsion)

How do you steer this energy into the direction you want it to go? Wouldn't it just blow up the ship?
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| June 3, 2010, 7:11 pm
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Quoting Will Gober
How do you steer this energy into the direction you want it to go? Wouldn't it just blow up the ship?


Well, the bomb goes off, the blast reflects off the pusher plate and the ship goes fowards.

You use the RCS thrusters to decide where 'fowards' is. That is, you want to go left, you turn the nose of the ship to the left and fire the engine for a bit.


Nope. The ship would be designed specifically for the job, and with a bit of leeway in case of accidents. With the oil sprayed on the plate before each explosion, the plate wouldn't even be scratched.
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| June 3, 2010, 9:03 pm
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| June 20, 2010, 7:20 pm
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