Project Orion

There are a plethora of ideas for interstellar propulsion units around, some of which are pretty bizarre or extreme. That’s hardly a recent phenomena, however – Centauri Dreams takes a retrospective look at Project Orion, the brainchild of (among others) Freeman Dyson, which was based around the concept of a generation ark mounted on a huge copper plate that would drop nuclear bombs behind itself every thousand seconds to provide the propulsive force.

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  1. We’ll not want to use an Orion drive near the surface of a planet but as a quick and dirty (pun) way to get around in space it might be ideal.

    If so expect to see joke warning signs near the portholes on Orion drive ships;

    “Do not look at drive with remaining eye”

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