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NASA successfully tests futuristic ion engine

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Murky, Nov 22, 2006.

  1. Cheezy the Wiz

    Cheezy the Wiz Socialist In A Hurry

    Jul 18, 2005
    But why? Surely a nuclear reactor in space is infintely safer than one on Earth! That has got to be sinle dumbest thing I've ever heard protested. Ever.
  2. Yuri2356

    Yuri2356 Test Screening

    Aug 1, 2004
    Great White North
    Because then certain nations will be putting Nuclear materials into orbit for "Purely civilian, power-generation" purposes, to cover up a much feared weaponizing of Space. (Never mind the satelite mounted missiles would be all to easy to track from ground/orbit and be disposed of)
  3. Falcon02

    Falcon02 General

    Dec 11, 2001
    Maryland, USA
    Well, the concerns are somewhat legitimate even if I don't agree with 'em.

    The concern isn't so much nuclear material in space, but nuclear material we fail to get into space or comes back down, but mostly the first. A spacecraft with a large amount of plutonium for a reactor could have a catastrophic failure of the launch vehicle. The launch vehicle explodes during launch and suddenly you're spreading radioactive material across the coast of the launch site. Making the area unhealthy for human living and hurting the environment.

    However, it's my understanding that the nuclear material is very well protected in an attempt to prevent that. The idea that is if there is a launch vehicle failure the nuclear payload would remain intact and would not contaminate the surrounding area.
  4. Xanikk999

    Xanikk999 History junkie

    Dec 9, 2005
    Fairfax county VA, USA
    No matter how unrealistic it is i want hyperdrives! :gripe:

    Hurry up NASA. Bring us into the future.:borg:

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