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USAF Orion Battleship Interior Detail



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4,000 ton USAF Orion. Artwork by Scott Lowther, uploaded as part of my on-going set of features.

For more detail and a thoroughly comprehensive set of links on Project Orion see my journal entry Hard SF Feature 04: Scott Lowther. The journal also contains links to draft scenes from Scott Lowther's proposed novel “Pax Orionis: A History of the Third World War and Its Aftermath,” in PDF format, available free of charge.

In Aerospace Projects Review issue Volume 2, Number 2, available here, Scott offers a beautifully illustrated 56-page article on Project Orion. This is one of the most definitive articles on the subject, covering the large designs, 20 meters and diameter and larger. The 4,000 ton nuclear pulse propulsion orbital battleship design for the USAF is shown in never-before-published detail. Scott was able to interview one of the surviving members of the original General Atomics Orion team, this issue contains details unavailable elsewhere and is highly recommended.

Scott was kind enough to provide these illustrations for purposes of this feature, pick up  APR  issue Volume 2, Number 2 at the link above to view these (and many, many more) diagrams in glorious full hi-resolution detail.

Artwork used with the express permission of the artist, Scott Lowther,
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olsen1a's avatar

Well 4000 ton and 5" guns it make it an large destroyer or an small cruiser. Not an battleship was it was the 45K ton Iowa's and expected to go up to 60-70 KT for Montana.

So its not an battleship but something escorting battleships who is more than 10 times heavier.

Still I say we was lucky to not have fleet battles between orion powered ships.