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Can a Nuclear Detonation be Channeled?

  1. Mar 16, 2016 #1
    I admit before even posting, that i have no formal qualifications at all regarding any form of Science.. I am just a person with a very keen interest in various fields and eager to learn the answers!!

    Im aware that this question might have been answered elsewhere, but my Question is Simple: Can a Nuclear Detonation be Channeled for the Purposes of Space flight Propulsion?

    If i may expand on the idea i had in my head.. The idea was to "Channel" the detonation through a series of Magnetically charged tubes to "Vent" the Heat discharge (forgive the wrong terminology) via a thruster.
    The thought i have, is that albeit it being temporary.. it would generate enough thrust to maneuver a decent sized ship.

    If this would not stand, may i ask someone to explain to me why?
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    An explosion produces high pressures, and most structural materials cannot withstand the high pressures (forces/stresses) of a nuclear explosion at temperature.

    Project Orion involves a nuclear explosion near a giant pusher plate, so it is not 'channeled'.
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  5. Mar 16, 2016 #4
    Im very aware of Project Orion, and very sad that the US government did not further the trials..

    I remember reading somewhere on a Different Thread, that the Possibility of some kind of Magnetic field could possibly assist in the theory i have.
    Im aware that the tubes would also require significant cooling as well, so to many the power required would be more than it's worth at the end result.
    I just wondered if it would be Possible.

    In the Sci - Fi Movie sense (Yes, Hollywood does have a way of oddly Inspiring dreams and very out - of - reach theories)
    If people remember Star trek: First Contact, the person responsible for conceiving the Warp Drive - Zephram Cochrane. He Built his Ship out of a intact ICBM
    and successfully achieved the dream through exactly this.

    The "Warp Bubble" was a kind of Magnetic Umbrella (this is my Analogy of the theory)

    I guess that it is very out of reach to obtain that kind of achievement so far with our Current technologies, But again just wondered if it could be Possible....
  6. Mar 16, 2016 #5


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