Saturday, December 10, 2005

Mini-Mag Orion

To me, 'Mini-Mag' has been a brand of high performance 22 cal ammunition and if you have been reading my blog, you know about the Orion. Today I have been scouring through the HobbySpace RLV Blog Archives and ran across an entry about Andrews Space's current projects. I found one of them is the Mini-Mag Orion! In case you don't want to follow the link, here is a summary from their website:

Andrews Space conducted research on improving the original Orion concept, receiving funding under NASA's SBIR program and from the Department of Energy. The concept - termed Mini-MagOrion (MMO) - reduces the size of the original Orion concept through the use of magnetic implosion technology. At the heart of the Mini-MagOrion concept is the idea of compressing initially subcritical fission assemblies by use of an imploding Z-pinch. This enables lower yield values, external triggering of the fission reaction, and reduces the severity of the environment in which the engine has to operate.

Maybe the rumors about Orion's death have been greatly exaggerated?!?