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Copyright 2002, Matthew Poliakon.


Orion is one of the great "what if's" of the twentieth century. Today, nuclear powered spaceships seem like little more than laughably naive 1950's science fiction, but it might have been otherwise...and still could be. Orion was a project aimed at discovering the feasibility of spaceships driven by nuclear bombs.

The initial plan called for manned missions to Mars by 1965 and Saturn by 1970. After seven years of work, the project's technical challenges seemed surmountable, but political obstacles brought the effort to a halt.

Mars Mission Orion.
PROJECT ORION Book Covers. PROJECT ORION Book Covers. Project Orion: The True Story of the Atomic Spaceship. by George Dyson.

Includes information from recently declassified papers.

"...this is the first time in modern history that a major expansion of human technology has been suppressed for political reasons."

Freeman Dyson, Physicist.

UNIVERSE DAILY - Main portal for all of my internet message boards.

Space Daily - Your Portal to Space.

Universe Today - Astronomy and Space.

Space Today - Covering Space From Earth to the Edge of the Universe.

Project Orion Message Board - it's smoking!

Why build an Orion? - because we can!

Why launch an Orion? - heck, why not?

Fallout Fallacies - vitamin 'R'.

Orion Links - send me additions!

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