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twofish-quant
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Jan13-12, 11:25 PM
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Quote Quote by Bobbywhy View Post
I am concerned about the initial phase of this proposal: the launch phase. What would be the risk to us and our environment if the launch vehicle exploded? Seems to me it would be a huge risk of radiation contamination; so great that I would not agree with the idea at all.
Conversely if we had the technology to put 60,000 tons of highly radioactive waste into space with zero probability of failure, then I'm pretty sure we could think of something easier mechanism to deal with this. For example, if we had that level of space technology, we could probably build solar power microwave satellites so that we wouldn't have to worry about nuclear waste at all.

One thing that I wonder about is that I'm wondering if the environment impact of all of those rockets would be worse than than the impact of the radioactive waste.