Project Orion

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Project Orion was the first engineering design study of a spacecraft powered by nuclear pulse propulsion. Orion design would have worked by dropping fission or thermonuclear explosives out the rear of a vehicle, detonating them 200 feet (60 m) out, and catching the blast with a thick steel or aluminum pusher plate.

1964 NASA design[edit]

French translations[edit]

Dutch translations[edit]

Various mission configurations[edit]

Other designs[edit]