[ExI] Asteroid on track for possible Mars hit

Stefano Vaj stefano.vaj at gmail.com
Mon Dec 24 02:44:06 UTC 2007

On Dec 24, 2007 3:03 AM, spike <spike66 at att.net> wrote:
> > bounces at lists.extropy.org] On Behalf Of Stefano Vaj
> ...
> >
> > What about instead a massive, non-explosive payload hitting the rock
> > at the maximum speed a huge Orion vehicle may be able to attain in the
> > available time?
> >
> > The deflection potential would seem much higher, as in some 3000
> > explosions against one or two... Stefano Vaj
> I don't understand 3000 explosions against one or two

An Orion vehicle is a nuclear pulse vector. Meaning that it employs
nuclear explosions for propulsion. This is why we are talking 8,000
tons rather than 10,000 Kg of a chemical rocket.

Stefano Vaj

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