nuclear pulse rocket
A nuclear pulse rocket is a rocket propelled by a rapid and lengthy series of small atomic or nuclear
explosions. A variety of schemes have been proposed from the 1940s on. Project
Orion was the lengthiest study – involving actual model test flights
– of the nuclear pulse concept based on fission. Project Daedalus provided a counterpart
based on fusion.
|Orion-type nuclear pulse rocket
The nuclear pulse rocket is just one possible form of nuclear
propulsion for spacecraft.