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Seening James' recent post on Orion rocket stories, I was reminded
of the 'Nuclear Salt Water Rocket', which provides high thrust over long
periods. How about getting to Mars in a month? No stories have used
this yet, afaik.
TL,DNR. Uranium-235 salt solution in water at above-critical concentrations
is held in check by moderators until injected into a rocket engine bell.
There it fissions, creating a *continuous* nuclear detonation and steam
rocket. In some versions, the exhaust velocity is 1% of c.
FWIW, in 1962 Perry Rhodan debuts with an atomic powered rocket engine.
It's all rocket science to me, so someone else can comment on its
plausibility, if the spirit moves them.
Rhodan was lulled by the nuclear powered engine’s roar,
which had now become an even hum. The void close below the
cylindrical stem of the ship held an ice blue incandescence.
There, liquid oxygen, heated by atomic power, burstforth with
tremendous pressure in the combustion chamber.
The radioactive elements in the reactor would last for
at least a year, but the liquid hydrogen and oxygen had to be
handled with greater economy. Their supply was limited. Once
the tanks were empty and there was nothing more to be
released, even the most efficient power plant was condemned
to total impotence.
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