Nuclear Propulsion

Nuclear Propulsion
   Type 1: A ship is designed with a heavy plate attached perpendicularly to the rear of the ship. A nuclear bomb is detonated on or near the plate, which is designed to withstand the blast and protect the ship from radiation. The blast pushes against the plate and propels the ship. It should work fine, if you don't mind being on a ship loaded with a few thousand nuclear bombs.
   Type 2: This engine has been under development in the US since the 1960's, and is far more efficient than liquid fueled engines. This engine carries liquid hydrogen, which is released into the engine in a gaseous state. The hydrogen gas is heated in a nuclear fission reactor to very high temperatures, and directed out of the rocket nozzle at high velocity and pressure. The hydrogen is not ignited. This engine is designed to work in space, not in our atmosphere.
   See Propulsion.

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