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I dedicated some of the previous articles to the Orion Project only. I tried to briefly review the old project, its demise, then the new designs that have been put forth, and then put a personal opinion on what the problems are with Orion like projects without discounting the obvious advantages. This video is more […]

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For fans of the dated Orion and Orion like projects there is some hope though. :) It is in the form of the Mini-Mag-Orion. It tries to address some issues with the old model and uses modern techniques for simulation as well. The detailed report can be found as a pdf here (Andrews Space) A […]

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The Project Orion still has iconic status in the eyes of many to this day, and i will not conceal the fact that the notion really had fascinated me when i first read of it in a newspaper years ago in a passing reference in a much bigger article on the space age. My eyes […]

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The old Orion project had a few potential problems. There were doubts regarding the stability of the system, but with modern simulation technology this can be verified rather easily and without the need for an actual empirical investigation. The main problem however was the possible nuclear fallout. This was the most important reason due to […]

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[Photo Source : NASA] Freeman Dyson is a professor emeritus of Physics at the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton. Prof Freeman has always been one of my heroes and i regard him as one of the coolest physicists alive today.  I was introduced to him and his work through “What Do You Care What […]

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The following are the posts made on this blog. In reverse order of posting. 147. (Very) Informal Thoughts on the No-Free-Lunch Theorem 146. Some Proofs of the Cauchy-Schwarz Inequality 145. Gian-Carlo Rota on Combinatorics 144. Book Review: “Probably Approximately Correct: Nature’s Algorithms for Learning and Prospering in a Complex World” by Leslie Valiant 143. “Order […]

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