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The Big Gimper:
Source: Rhys Taylor

Discovery using a Orion nuclear pulse drive

During the early design phase of 2001 : A Space Odyssey, the idea was floated that the ship's nuclear propulsion should be somewhat more explcit than what eventually made it onto the silver screen. Specifically, the ship would have had an Orion nuclear pulse drive, probelling itself by detonating nuclear warheads (a.k.a. "pulse units") a few hundred meters behind it. There's a detailed write-up on my blog.

Silver Fox:
Very plausible

I recently read a good book on the Orion concept - very interesting:

One of Robert Forward's more interesting efforts.  I would have loved to have seen that properly portrayed on the big screen (of course, Hollywood and "accurate portrayal" are almost completely opposite terms, but...).

Forward? Orion wasn't one of his, that was Ulam and Everett's concept developed by Ted Taylor and Freeman Dyson et al.


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