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Centauri Dreams asks, “Can Project Orion Be Re-Born?”

My answer is, yes, in the hearts of those who know the stars are mankind’s destiny. The hard part is to get the general public to acknowledge that and manage the fears over nuclear technology in space. Go read Paul Gilster’s analysis.

Departs for Mars. Credit: Adrian Mann

[T]he Orion idea won’t go away because it is so tantalizing. Church runs through the relevant information, much of it familiar to old Centauri Dreams hands. Freeman Dyson and Ted Taylor were working on a concept in which a large percentage of the energy of a nuclear explosion — these are small nukes of the kind Taylor specialized in — could be concentrated in one direction. If you can do that, you can blow that energy into a propellant slab to create thrust[.]

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