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“Project Orion was a study of a spacecraft intended to be directly propelled by a series of explosions of atomic bombs behind the craft (nuclear pulse propulsion). Early versions of this vehicle were proposed to take off from the ground with significant associated nuclear fallout; later versions were presented for use only in space.”
“Freeman Dyson performed the first analysis of what kinds of Orion missions were possible to reach Alpha Centauri, the nearest star system to the Sun. His 1968 paper “Interstellar Transport” (Physics Today, October 1968, p. 41–45) retained the concept of large nuclear explosions but Dyson moved away from the use of fission bombs and considered the use of one megaton deuteriumfusion explosions instead. His conclusions were simple: the debris velocity of fusion explosions was probably in the 3000–30,000 km/s range and the reflecting geometry of Orion’s hemispherical pusher plate would reduce that range to 750–15,000 km/s.“
“Nuclear fission pulse unit powered Orions could provide fast and economical interplanetary transportation with useful human crewed payloads of several thousand tonnes.”
“Elysium is a 2013 American dystopian science fiction action thriller film written, directed, and co-produced by Neill Blomkamp, and starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, and Sharlto Copley. It was released on August 9, 2013, in both conventional and IMAX Digital theaters. Elysium is a co-production of Media Rights Capital and TriStar Pictures.
The film takes place on both a ravaged Earth, and a luxurious space habitat called Elysium. It explores political and sociological themes such as immigration, overpopulation, health care, exploitation, the justice system, and class issues.”
“Ascension is an upcoming Canadian/American television miniseries on Syfy. It is an original science fiction mystery drama that takes places in an alternate present aboard a generation ship, and will consist of 6 one hour-long episodes. The show is created by Philip Levens and Adrian A. Cruz. The pilot was written, and executive produced by Philip Levens who serves as the showrunner.”
“Syfy had originally announced plans to debut the show on November 24, 2014, airing one episode per week for six weeks. However, the series is now slated to premiere on December 15, 2014, and air two episodes each night for three consecutive nights.”
“Ascension is inspired by the real-life Project Orion that existed under the administration of President John F. Kennedy. The show sets up an alternate version of reality in which, in 1963, President Kennedy and the U.S. government, fearing the Cold War will become hot and lead to the destruction of the Earth, decided to launch a covert space mission. They sent 600 men, women and children into space on a century-long voyage aboard the USS Ascension, a massive, self-sustaining generation ship. Their mission is to colonize Proxima Centauri, assuring the survival of the human race. Nearly 50 years into the journey (i.e. in the present), as they approach the point of no return, the mysterious murder of a young woman — the first homicide since their departure — causes the ship’s crew to question the true nature of their mission..”
Hopefully, for “Alpha Centauri” and “Proxima Centauri”, human species will have learned, by the time these projects are implemented, to “clean-up their acts” before they spread their murderous apocalyptic pettiness and hubris to other galaxies……..
But, don’t hold your breath, aas they are just following the laws of nature, like any other species………
That makes you wonder about what life conditions are in other galaxies……….