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Russia's nuke powered missile goes BOOM...at the wrong time?

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I read an interesting article this morning about this test. The Russians are trying to develop a very dangerous technology in order to beat U.S. missile defenses. If completed, the missile would not only be nuclear-armed but nuclear powered, carrying a relatively small reactor to heat the air in it's jet engine. It would fly on a lower and less predictable trajectory than an ICBM, making it theoretically capable of evading U.S. missile defenses. The only problem is, it's extremely dangerous---as our Russian brethren found out.

The U.S  tried in the 1960's and gave up on it. An MIT professor said, "Think of it as a mini Chernobyl on a missile. It's an air-breathing cruise missile and they put an unshielded mini nuclear reactor on it. Obviously, that's pretty batshit insane...I think the phrase 'flying nuclear reactor' tells you all you need to know. You've got air blowing through an open nuclear reactor and spewing radiation out the back." "It takes a special kind of crazy to do this. The Russians seem to have gone down this Soviet path of this bizarre menagerie of doomsday weapons."

It demonstrates how worried the Russians are about U.S. missile defenses. However, many scientists are deeply skeptical of domestic missile defenses based in Alaska and California. One said he wouldn't count on our missile defenses to intercept even a single incoming ICBM from North Korea. But what worries Russia is not necessarily it working today, but working in the future.

The article was on either cnn.com or nbcnews.com.

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2 hours ago, Dste Ace said:

I read an interesting article this morning about this test. The Russians are trying to develop a very dangerous technology in order to beat U.S. missile defenses. If completed, the missile would not only be nuclear-armed but nuclear powered, carrying a relatively small reactor to heat the air in it's jet engine. It would fly on a lower and less predictable trajectory than an ICBM, making it theoretically capable of evading U.S. missile defenses. The only problem is, it's extremely dangerous---as our Russian brethren found out.

The U.S  tried in the 1960's and gave up on it. An MIT professor said, "Think of it as a mini Chernobyl on a missile. It's an air-breathing cruise missile and they put an unshielded mini nuclear reactor on it. Obviously, that's pretty batshit insane...I think the phrase 'flying nuclear reactor' tells you all you need to know. You've got air blowing through an open nuclear reactor and spewing radiation out the back." "It takes a special kind of crazy to do this. The Russians seem to have gone down this Soviet path of this bizarre menagerie of doomsday weapons."

It demonstrates how worried the Russians are about U.S. missile defenses. However, many scientists are deeply skeptical of domestic missile defenses based in Alaska and California. One said he wouldn't count on our missile defenses to intercept even a single incoming ICBM from North Korea. But what worries Russia is not necessarily it working today, but working in the future.

The article was on either cnn.com or nbcnews.com.

egad. once one of those went awry for whatever reason, there would be no way to stop it without releasing a dirty bomb anyways?

a mini-chernobyl? over the U.S. way before it hits it's target? or anywhere?

We have never been a threat to russia. they just want to intimidate the rest of the world from stopping them whenever they do start making major aggressive moves. Hope it never happens.

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1 hour ago, calfoxwc said:

egad. once one of those went awry for whatever reason, there would be no way to stop it without releasing a dirty bomb anyways?

a mini-chernobyl? over the U.S. way before it hits it's target? or anywhere?

The main reason the U.S. gave up on it was because they didn't want to test it in the American southwest or the Pacific. Apparently, the missile literally spews radiation as it flies across the sky. 

Something obviously went catastrophically wrong in Russia. A tremendous amount of deadly radiation was released because people in the nearby town began getting sick overnight. I would guess that this puts a major crimp in Russian plans. I can't imagine that Russian scientists are kicking down the doors in order to get in on this. 

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