Friday, July 31, 2009
These are related to yesterday's article. South Georgia
Internet Encyclopedia of Science entry
History & possible rebirth
History by Ben Pearson
The book by George Dyson Freeman's more boringly named son.
Interview with a friend of Ted Taylor, manager of the project
Near Earth Orbit (NEO) asteroid discussion
Overview with pictures
Nuclear pulse propulsion - Google search
Various ideas with diagrams
Peaceful nuclear explosions
London map with Tanguska blast site overlaid
For Americans - similar effect if it had landed on New York
Note that while the odds of such a meteor landing exactly on a major city are much longer than it landing in Tanguska the odds of a catastrophic ocean landing are relatively high - for example one near the mouth of the Thames could send a tidal wave, concentrated by the narrowing estuary into London while also covering Holland. If such has happened in recorded history it could not be told from a natural tsunami.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST - ARTICLES FROM NEXT BIG FUTURE
Large scale launch vehicles - J Friedlander
Underground cannon launch
Brian Wang's favourite launch systems
Radiation figures & pictures of 1960's experiments
Search for Orion articles on NBF
Sending the astronauts up separately would also eliminate the need to man-rate a freight rocket, saving some money.
On the 90s ST series the Enterprise was shown in spacedock undergoing repairs.