Saturday, May 28, 2005

moblog : picture ideas

Moon base

ICBM mars,moon

Fleet great great red spot

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Is it safe?

Current rules restrict atomic weapons to the Earth, every planet without life in the Solar System is proteced from fallout, Earth is not.

Since the Soviets built FOBS we have been faced with Atomic attack with three minutes warning. "After approximately one minute of retro-engine operation, shutdown occurs and the reentry vehicle separates from the spacecraft. The RV [reentry vehicle] then continues on a ballistic trajectory until impact, which occurs about 1.5 to 2.0 minutes after separation [14]. "

So as we move towards space forces some worry:
"all the nuclear powers will shorten reaction times"

Space is large, we could adjust our arms control treaties to keep the man battle fleets as far from earth as desired.

One simple rule suggested by considering Project Orion launches is...

"No Low Earth Orbits"

We could raise first strike time from 3 minutes many hours or days.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Risk, Miles to Go and Uncertainty

Using the accepted rules, linear response, Freeman Dyson calculated that each Orion launch would kill .1 to 1 people via Cancer. This is about the same risk created by driving 18 million miles in a car.

The deeper uncertainty in this estimate is hormesis, the LNT theory may be not just on over estimate, but the reverse of the truth at some doses.

More links
Too Rad
Dr. Judith Johnsrud on Radiation Hormesis