Friday, June 26, 2009

Virtuality goes boom 183 times (or something like that)

I have been watching Virtuality, a sci-fi TV movie on Fox, and didn't take note when the name Orion was first mentioned. I was later surprised when I heard that the ship, the Phaeton, was powered by nuclear pulse detonation, ala the 'real' Project Orion. This played a very minor, almost unnoticeable role in the show, but I thought it was interesting nevertheless. Despite the fact that the structure of the ship didn't seem appropriate for such propulsion, the pusher plate seemed flimsy, and the bombs were manually transferred to the ejection mechanism. Oh well, back to watching.