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Orion Nuclear Ground Launch



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Image featured: on Winchell Chung’s Atomic Rockets site, Project Orion page, under William Black's 3D Orions.

Artwork featured in Issue 34 of 3D Art Direct Link here

Image is part of a future historical setting, more detail is found on my profile page under the heading Orion’s Arm Future History, A Synopsis. A Timeline Graph is to be found here: Timeline.

I am employing some artistic license with this image: Orion nuclear pulse vehicles would not be launched simultaneously in such close proximity – least the shockwaves from one vehicle tumble the other, and/or the nuclear pulse detonations from one vehicle irradiate the other. Colonists and flight crews riding aboard the Orion are safe from the operation of their own nuclear pulse system, being shielded by the vehicles structure, and a rather hefty neutron attenuator (shadow shield) positioned between the crew-vehicle and the operating Orion.

For more information on Nuclear Pulse Propulsion see my essay, available here: Orion: Nuclear Pulse Propulsion.

Mars Settlement Project Complete Sequence Image Links:

Final Preparations:

Right Before


Orion Nuclear Ground Launch

Terminus of an Arc

Entry, Descent, Landing:

Propulsion Module/Entry Vehicle Separation

Piercing the Veil

Flight Control

A Sound of Thunder

Cue The Pyrotechnics

Riding The Fire

Over Noctis Labyrinthus

Terminal Descent

Post Landing:

Martian Dusk
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TheRequimen's avatar
To think the US might have been doing this if we would just have had the will to. Imagine where we might be today had we done this? :D