Ben is wrong. The Orion (nuke boom boom) proof of concept sub scale demonstrator uses high explosives. So Jared could fly one, if he gets the paperwork done for handling high explosives and model rockets.
FYI the smallest US Army field artillery tactical nuke (W48 warhead) is only 58 kg and is the same size as the regular 155 mm howitzer shell. The actual physics package is quite small with a yield of about 100 Tons. They were withdraw from service around 1991 and dismantled shortly afterwards. So an Orion boom boom vehicle with a few thousand sub-kiloton “propellants” launch from orbit is conceivable if political hurdles are clear (unlikely).
Watching the JCSAT-14 webcast, I have 2 questions:
1. At an altitude of 395 – 400km the onboard camera (at the right side of the picture) showed some material to be loose and “flattering”.
2. Right at the end of the webcast there seemed to be some fluid leak right above the engine bell. It seems to come out, freeze and then break of.
Do you have any info on these 2 events?
I can confirm those two things. It seems to me that the “flapping” item might be due to slight gaseous pressure underneath the foil. Not sure if that is intentional or not. My guess for the fluid is that they might be intentionally venting any residual propellant to prevent a buildup of pressure, a catastrophic rupture, and the production of orbital debris, But again, just a wild guess.
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